It turns out that Suharto once hunted for Soekarno’s gold, this is the result


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – The mystery of the treasure belonging to Indonesia’s first President Soekarno has become a legendary topic of conversation. The proclaimer is said to have stored 57,000 tons of gold in a bank in Switzerland.

Another story says the treasure is in the form of a legacy of money collected by Soekarno. Through Perpu No. 19 of 1960 concerning State Companies, Soekarno transferred donations from many state companies to Union Bank, Switzerland, with a total of money known as the ‘Revolutionary Fund’ reaching US$ 16 billion.

The existence of this legend ultimately disturbed many parties into hunting, including the 2nd President of Indonesia, Soeharto.


Soeharto, through New Order era officials, started the treasure hunt in early 1987. The treasure hunt was carried out by the Teladan Operation Team.

Firdaus Jaya in Tracking the “treasures” of Bung Karno and Suharto (1999) mentioned that the Exemplary Operation Team was led by First Marshal Kahardiman. Kahardiman was assigned to target all Old Order government funds which were suspected of being abroad, including the story of the funds in the Swiss bank.

For the New Order, if these funds were disbursed, the APBN would increase. Moreover, during that period the Indonesian economy was not doing well after world oil prices fell.

The New Order government believed that the search for treasure would be successful. Because, they believe in two things.

First, the historical fact that these funds were disbursed by the Minister of Industry in 1962-1963. The total disbursement of funds is only IDR 50 million. Second, there is still a living historical witness, namely Soebandrio.

Soebandrio was Minister of Foreign Affairs during the Soekarno era. He is the person who takes care of storing the assets in the Swiss Bank. Contemporary news reported by Tempo (10 January 1987) explained that he was the only person who knew the savings account number. Besides, only he can dilute it.

However, the transition of power changed Soebandrio’s fate. He was detained for life by the New Order. When this treasure hunt intensified, Soebandrio bargained.

“He reportedly offered to take care of the disbursement of the funds. The condition was that he asked for an acquittal,” wrote Tempo.

However, Suharto did not agree with these conditions. Soebandrio remains in custody. Meanwhile, the Teladan Operation Team continued to hunt without Soebandrio’s help. However, on the other hand, many people are skeptical about this treasure.

Experts say this treasure does not exist. Not a few high-ranking state officials said the same thing, including Finance Minister Radius Prawiro. He was actually skeptical about the existence of this treasure. He said there was no evidence of the existence of these funds.

In the end, Radius’ skepticism was confirmed. After many years, the hunt for treasures relics from the Soekarno era produced no results. However, Suharto did not give up.

Ten years later, through the Presidential Instruction of the Republic of Indonesia No. 4 of 1997 concerning Research on Wealth that the State Can Use, the Five Star General was serious about looking for Soekarno’s legacy.

The search for treasure is understandable. Because at that time Indonesia was in the early stages of an economic crisis. If these treasures are found, Indonesia will experience a ‘windfall’.

During the implementation, Suharto asked the Coordinating Minister for People’s Welfare, Azwar Anas, to search for assets. In Azwar Anas’s autobiography: An Example from Ranah Minang (2011: 477), Azwar said that even after the treasure hunt was carried out, the trillions of rupiah in revolutionary funds could not be found.

Azwar gave up. He also came to see Suharto in 1998 to tell him that he had failed to carry out the search. However, Suharto didn’t care. He took a pen and wrote a sentence that shocked Azwar Anas.

The sentence is: “Completed to completion!” complete with Soeharto’s signature.

Azwar was silent. However, he thought he could no longer complete the task. After all, these assets cannot be traced. In the end, Soeharto’s hunt for Soekarno’s inheritance ended with the fall of the New Order ruler. After that, the hundreds of trillions of assets from the Soekarno era remained shrouded in a mist of mystery.

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