State Intelligence Claim 39% College Students are Radicalized

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  • Chief of State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan, when arrived to attend meeting in Commission I House of Representative in parliament, Jakarta, Oct. 19, 2016. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    Chief of State Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan, when arrived to attend meeting in Commission I House of Representative in parliament, Jakarta, Oct. 19, 2016. TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Head of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN) Budi Gunawan revealed that 39 percent of college students have been exposed to radical ideas.

    According to the former Indonesian National Police Deputy, this statistic result is based on the investigation and poll conducted by BIN back in 2017.

    “This condition exists in 15 Indonesian provinces and grabbed our attention of radical movement,” said Budi Gunawan while giving a lecture at a college seminar in Semarang yesterday.

    Furthermore, the statistics suggested that religious conservative ideas are in the rise and has drove BIN to closely monitor three Indonesian universities since these campuses are deemed to be the basis of radical ideas. However, he did not reveal the names of the three universities.

    According to the poll, 24 percent of college students and 23.3 percent high-school students are in favor of conducting Jihad to establish an Islamic state.

    “This condition is worrying since it threatens the sustainability of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia [NKRI],” said Budi.

    What is worrying is the fact that a college graduate from one of Indonesia’s state university was involved in a terror act in Jakarta a while ago, which Budi asserted is proof that radical groups have targeted the campus environment to mobilize new terrorists.

    ANTARA