Wednesday, 23 October 2019

Jokowi and Prabowo Promises to Look After TNI Welfare

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  • Incumbent president Joko Widodo shakes hands with presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto after the first presidential debate at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday, January 17, 2019. ANTARA

    Incumbent president Joko Widodo shakes hands with presidential candidate Prabowo Subianto after the first presidential debate at Bidakara Hotel, Jakarta, Thursday, January 17, 2019. ANTARA

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Both presidential hopefuls in the 2019 election, Jokowi and Prabowo Subianto, vow to improve the welfare of Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) members. They also promised to reaffirm TNI’s reform and put a stop to its dual function.

    “There have been many cases of TNI members involved in businesses. That is mainly driven by welfare issues,” said Joko Widodo’s TKN campaign team spokesman Ace Hasan Syadzily on Thursday, Feb. 7.

    Read: Jokowi Emphasizes Police, TNI Neutrality in 2019 Election

    The polemic on TNI’s role emerged after President Jokowi plans to form 60 new posts within the military ranks. These new positions are claimed to be the solution for the overwhelming number of field and high ranking officers.

    TNI Commander Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto focused the president’s plan by preparing the military members slots at the state ministries and state institutions. This has even made it to the Revised Draft law on TNI.

    Similar promises were produced from opposition’s camp that was represented by Gerindra’s Andre Rosiade. He announced that both Prabowo and running-mate Sandiaga Uno intend to improve the welfare of TNI members and claims that Prabowo understands what a TNI member needs.

    Fransisco Rosarians Enga Geken