Tuesday, 12 November 2019

VP Jusuf Kalla Deems Attack on Wiranto a Shocking Event

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  • Indonesian Vice President visited the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, Jakarta, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, following a stabbing in Banten on the same day earlier.  TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

    Indonesian Vice President visited the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto at Gatot Subroto Army Hospital, Jakarta, on Thursday, October 10, 2019, following a stabbing in Banten on the same day earlier. TEMPO / Hilman Fathurrahman W

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Vice President Jusuf Kalla said there are rules mandating security protection for Indonesian state ministers. Kalla conveyed the statement following the knife attack on the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, saying that the attack was truly startling. 

    “There are security protection standard operating procedures from police designated for state ministers,” said Jusuf Kalla when he visited Wiranto, who is currently hospitalized at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), on Thursday, Oct. 11.

    The vice president asserted that radicalism still exists in the country, which he said is often reminded by the arrests made by Indonesian intelligence and the anti-terror squad Densus 88.

    Police said the minister was stabbed by Syahrial Alamsyah, who is a member of a terrorist group named Jemaah Ansharut Daulah or JAD. 

    “This is the first time someone stabbed a state official,” said the VP. 

    Besides Jusuf Kalla, other state officials visiting Wiranto at the RSPAD were; President Jokowi, Tjahjo Kumolo, Ali Mochtar Ngabalin, Budi Gunawan, and Metro Jaya police Inspector General Gatot Eddy Pramono.

    HALIDA BUNGA