Saturday, 19 October 2019

TNI: Robertus Robet's Speech a Valuable Feedback for TNI



Laila Afifa

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  • Robertus Robet.

    Robertus Robet.

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Indonesian Military (TNI) said it was not offended by the oration delivered by the Jakarta State University lecturer Robertus Robet that went viral on social media, saying that the speech was a valuable input for TNI to improve the institution itself.

    "For me as a TNI head of information center, Robet's oration is a valuable input to develop TNI's capacity as the professional national army as mandated in Law No. 34/2002," said TNI head of information center Maj. Gen. Sisriadi to Tempo Thursday, March 7. 

    Sisriadi said the oration should be watched in a whole instead of in pieces of the video. He viewed that the oration not only talked about the current TNI but it criticized the ABRI, TNI's former institution, during the New Order era.

    He further said that it was not a big deal even though the oration was conveyed during the demonstration in objecting against the discourse on expanding the department of TNI high-ranking officers.

    "TNI is not an anti-critic,” he said, adding that a lot of people coming to Cilangkap, TNI HQ, to give valuable feedbacks.

    He asserted that TNI's highest officers also share the same idea, saying that TNI would not take any measures against Robet.

    The video showing Robertus Robet during his oration at the Kamisan event last week sparked controversy and critics on social media. The oration allegedly has insulted TNI. Kamisanis a weekly demonstration done in front of the state palace, in calling for law enforcement and human rights.
    Before the arrest, Robertus Robet told that two people, calling themselves military officers, came to his residence in Depok, West Java, on Wednesday, March 6. "My housemaid said that two people, calling themselves military officers, were looking for me at three in the afternoon," he said.

    Egi Adyatama