JAKARTA, Indonesia — Ali Kotarumalos, a journalist who reported on important news events in Indonesia for The Associated Press for over three years, has died.
He died Wednesday in a Jakarta hospital in lung cancer, and he had fought for three decades.
Kotarumalos combined AP’s Jakarta Bureau as an information staffer in 1982.
He reported disasters like airplane crashes and the potent Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami in 2004 that killed a total of 230,000 people in a dozen states, the majority of them in Indonesia.
Also, he coated terrorist attacks, in addition to conflicts in Maluku and East Timor where thousands were murdered.
“People were such active news years in Indonesia and there have been numerous occasions when I could not have done my job without even Ali,” stated former AP Jakarta Bureau Chief Robin McDowell. “When there was an earthquake, airplane accident, terrorist attack, ferry sinking everywhere in Indonesia, at any moment, Ali knew that to phone and obtained the confirmation”
Margie Mason, yet another former agency chief, stated Kotarumalos”was on the top of breaking news, frequently waking up to tragedy alarms on his telephone and submitting earthquake tales in the middle of the night to place AP before the competition. He was also a very kind guy, and everyone loved him. He’ll be greatly missed.”
Kotarumalos retired in 2019 following 37 years with AP.
He’s survived by his wife, two daughters, 1 son, and two grandchildren.