Posted by: Hendra Siry | 10 March, 2010

Rudd hits right note with Yudhoyono

SMH March 10, 2010 – 3:25PM

Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will pen his next pop album on an Australian guitar.

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has presented the president, who has a well-known musical bent, with the Australian handmade Maton acoustic guitar to celebrate his three-day visit.

Dr Yudhoyono recently wrote and released his third album, Ku Yakin Sampai Di Sana – I’m Certain I’ll Get There.

The songs include numbers such as My Soul Was Alight That Night and School Holiday and are performed by famous singers.

Mr Rudd may have settled on a guitar as an appropriate gift for the Indonesian leader, but it’s understood he does not harbour similar musical aspirations for himself.

The new guitar was a hot topic when Mr Rudd met the president in his suite in Parliament House today.

Mr Rudd, who speaks Mandarin, greeted his Indonesian counterpart with “selamat pagi”, which is good morning in Bahasa Indonesia.

He then quizzed Dr Yudhoyono on whether he had tried out the guitar, and said he hoped the president liked the gift.

The president responded with a smile.

The pair also discussed how different time zones made international travel tiring, before closing their meeting to the media.

They have plenty to discuss, with a deal to crack down on people smuggling expected to be finalised on Wednesday.

The president arrived in Canberra on Tuesday and flies out of Sydney on Thursday evening.


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