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'Fake' SBY speech appears in stamp book

The Jakarta Post/ANN | Wednesday, Apr 30, 2014

The Presidential Palace has cried foul over the publication of what it considers to be a bogus speech of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono (above) in a stamp collection book.

INDONESIA - The Presidential Palace has cried foul over the publication of what it considers to be a bogus speech of President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono in a stamp collection book.

Cabinet Secretary Dipo Alam said his office could not find the original copy of the speech that was later printed in the book titled Indonesia: Through the Stamps: 1945-2012.

"We're convinced this is a fake," Dipo said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

In the book, the speech, titled "Message from the President of the Republic of Indonesia" also bears the signature of Yudhoyono.

State-owned postal company PT Pos Indonesia executive director I Ketut Mardjana also gives his remarks in the book, which is sold for Rp 1 million (US$86.58) a copy.

Contacted separately, Ketut said Yudhoyono's speech and signature were authentic.

"The signature is authentic. We can sue the publisher if it is fake," Ketut said as quoted by tribunnews.com.

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