Australian Embassy

Australian Ambassador Continues His Pilgrimage to Visit the Nine Wali Songo

Media Release

31 October 2016

Australian Ambassador to Indonesia Paul Grigson, who has pledged to visit all nine wali songo (Islamic saints), will visit Surabaya and Gresik today.

In August Ambassador Grigson visited the tomb of Sunan Ampel and last month he visited Sunan Gunung Jati in Cirebon.

During this visit to Surabaya Ambassador Grigson will visit the tombs of Sunan Giri and then travel to Sunan Maulana Malik Ibrahim in Gresik.

Ambassador Grigson said visiting the tombs is an old Indonesian tradition and an important experience for those wishing to better understand where Indonesia’s own brand of moderate Islam originated.

While in Surabaya, the Ambassador will meet with university and high school students and business leaders.

He’ll also visit the anti-corruption program Saya Perempuan Anti Korupsi (SPAK). Under the Commission on Corruption Eradication (KPK), the SPAK campaign has trained around 700,000 women, men and children to detect and report corruption. The program is a joint Australia-Indonesia initiative with Bappenas under the Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice.