Retired Military General Gives Intriguing Analysis over Attack on Ciracas Police

31 August 2020 08:12 WIB

TEMPO.CO, JakartaThe National Resilience Institute (Lemhannas) Governor, retired military general Agus Widjojo, argues that the attack that targeted East Jakarta’s Ciracas Police headquarters is the byproduct of a long-standing bitterness between the National Armed Forces (TNI) and National Police (Polri). 

According to his observation, the rogue attempt by a group of people to achieve “justice” is driven by a number of reasons, one of them is the psychological condition due to the transition of authority in the state agencies. 

“Leaders [of the two government agencies] has yet trusted each other and has not ordered clear cut instructions and there is also a problem about the psychology of the transition period,” said the governor of the military think-tank to Tempo on Saturday. 

Agus Widjojo explains that on one hand, the TNI has yet to succeed in drawing the line regarding its authority to defend the country. 

“Soldiers are never meant to be law enforcers as the constitution does not mandate soldiers to enforce the law. That is the police’s domain,” said the Lemhanas governor. 

A Critical Transition Period

Agus persists that it is the job of its leaders to convince soldiers to respect and place their belief in police law enforcement.  He believes that commissioned officers must be able to instruct their subordinates to abide and trust the country’s law enforcement process. 

“The soldiers in the lower ranks will have nothing to hold on to if the leaders themselves have not placed their trust [to the system],” Agus asserted. 

However, Agus Widjojo also believes that the police institution must enforce an internal reform and show they are able to showcase accountability in enforcing the law.

He believes the Indonesian government should avert from introducing policies and rules that may spark grudges between the TNI and Polri, one of the examples he mentioned is the plethora of police officers who currently lead civil positions. 

“This must be understood by political authorities as there remain many discrepancies that can spark jealousies among the state-instances,” said the Lemhanas Governor. “We are in the transition from an authoritarian to a democratic system. We have yet reached the latter.”

Read also: Military, Police Join Forces to Investigate Attack on Ciracas Police HQ

M ROSSENO AJI

PKS Says Indonesia Sliding toward Authoritarianism in Past 10 Years

5 hari lalu

PKS Says Indonesia Sliding toward Authoritarianism in Past 10 Years

PKS President Ahmad Syaikhu says Indonesia has been sliding toward authoritarianism in the past ten years.


Jokowi Appoints Former TNI Commander as Agrarian Affairs Minister

10 hari lalu

Jokowi Appoints Former TNI Commander as Agrarian Affairs Minister

President Jokowi reveals the reason he appoints former national armed forces (TNI) commander Hadi Tjahjanto as Minister of Agrarian Affairs.


Mahfud Md Says TNI-Police Personnel Allowed to Be Acting Regional Heads

31 hari lalu

Mahfud Md Says TNI-Police Personnel Allowed to Be Acting Regional Heads

Mahfud Md clarifies the recent controversy over the appointment of the Military (TNI) and Police members as acting regional heads.


Komnas HAM Lauds TNI for Naming 10 Personnel Suspects in Langkat Cage Case

33 hari lalu

Komnas HAM Lauds TNI for Naming 10 Personnel Suspects in Langkat Cage Case

Komnas HAM expressed its appreciation to TNI for naming 10 of its members as suspects in the Langkat cage case .


Military Discovers Marijuana Field in Papua

36 hari lalu

Military Discovers Marijuana Field in Papua

The Border Security Task Force discovers a marijuana field on Trans Papua Road at Jalan Jayapura-Wamena KM 139.


Separatist Group Attacks TNI Marine Post in Papua, One Soldier Dead

25 April 2022

Separatist Group Attacks TNI Marine Post in Papua, One Soldier Dead

A separatist group (KKB) again attacked the TNI Task Force post in Papua, leaving one soldier dead.


Russia Begins Second Phase of Special Military Operation in Ukraine: Lavrov

19 April 2022

Russia Begins Second Phase of Special Military Operation in Ukraine: Lavrov

The second phase of Russia's special military operation in Ukraine has begun, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Tuesday, April 19.


6,000 Joint Personnel of Military, Police Deployed to Secure Students' Rally

11 April 2022

6,000 Joint Personnel of Military, Police Deployed to Secure Students' Rally

Jakarta Police Chief Insp. Fadil Imran said 6,826 joint personnel were deployed to secure the demonstration initiated by students or BEM SI today.


Komnas HAM Backs TNI Chief Allowing Ex-PKI Descendants to be Soldiers

3 April 2022

Komnas HAM Backs TNI Chief Allowing Ex-PKI Descendants to be Soldiers

The National Commission on Human Rights (Komnas HAM) has expressed support for TNI Chief to allow descendants of Communist ex-PKI to join the Army.


New Capital Nusantara to Boast Dedicated Air Force with Modern Equipment

4 Maret 2022

New Capital Nusantara to Boast Dedicated Air Force with Modern Equipment

Indonesia's new capital of Nusantara will have its own air force defense command unit within the area of the central government complex.