22 November 2016
Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson will continue his journey to see all nine tombs of the wali songo today, visiting Lamongan and Tuban.
Ambassador Grigson will visit the tombs of Sunan Drajat in Lamongan and Sunan Bonang in Tuban. Last month he visited the tombs of Sunan Giri in Surabaya, Sunan Maulana Malik Ibrahim in Gresik and Sunan Gunung Jati in Cirebon. In August he visited the tomb of Sunan Ampel.
“Visiting the tombs is an important experience for those seeking to better understand the early propagators of Islam and how Indonesia’s own brand of moderate Islam was born,” Mr Grigson said.
While in Malang the Ambassador will also meet with political leaders, Australian alumni and the young entrepreneurs who are the driving force behind the city’s vibrant start up and digital media scenes.
During the visit, Ambassador Grigson will visit a BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) school that connects Indonesian teachers and students with their counterparts in Australia, and see firsthand the local communities which have benefited from the Australia-Indonesia partnership to bring clean water in urban households.
He will then travel to Tuban to visit a feedlot and abattoir which are private sector partners of the Australian Government’s PRISMA program (Promoting Rural Income through Support for Markets in Agriculture).