So, it is interesting to see some of the survivors of the early years lamenting about the lack of quality English language skills in the presenters and announcers of modern Indonesian radio. This lament took place at a talk show commemorating the 62nd anniversary of the Voice of Free Indonesia.
The Voice of Free Indonesia lasted a mere 4 years through to 1950 and was then incorporated into the Radio Republic Indonesia set up as the Voice of Indonesia. Sadly, only 4 of the original 15 announcers of the Voice of Free Indonesia remain alive.
This is an interesting part of Indonesia's history. Even more so when one considers that one of the primary tasks of the Voice of Free Indonesia was to ensure that the world new what was happening in Indonesia and particularly the Dutch attempts to restore themselves as colonial masters. So, perhaps in their own little way the Voice of Free Indonesia played a critical role in ensuring the continued independence of the new nation.