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Andrew Symon: Wonderful Company Lost

March 11, 2009

By Roderick Brazier

Roderick Brazier gives a touching farewell to a dedicated Asia historian and fellow countryman, Andrew Symon.  The below is an excerpt and link to the full article in The Jakarta Post.

Late in 1996, a disheveled beanpole of a man approached me in the Jakarta offices of The Castle Group (now Castle Asia). Sweaty, and panting after a walk through Jakarta’s mad streets, Andrew Symon was eager to tell me about his just-completed report on Indonesia’s chronic infrastructure failures. Before he’d even introduced himself, Andrew was worriedly bemoaning Indonesia’s creaking bridges, potholed roads and corrupt ports. He shook his head in sorrow at the emergent bottleneck that would surely crimp economic growth.

Read the full op-ed in the The Jakarta Post

Roderick Brazier is The Asia Foundation’s Country Representative in Cambodia. He can be reached at

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