Detiktoday.com – Coordinating Minister for Politics, Law and Security (Menko Polhukam) Moh. Mahfud MD visited the Marine Headquarters in Cilandak, South Jakarta, Wednesday (07/29/2020). The Defense Minister of the Gus Dur era witnessed a demonstration of a combat vehicle owned by the Marines in the Brigif-1 field. After that the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security and the group conducted a tour facility to the Jalamangkara Detachment (Denjaka).
Arriving in Denjaka, Menko Mahfud was treated to the attraction of skills possessed by Denjaka soldiers and watched the static show and reviewed various tools and weapons used by this special force.
In his remarks, Mahfud appreciated Denjaka. Since its establishment, the anti-terror special forces owned by the Navy (Navy) have been heavily involved in special anti-terror tasks that take place in territorial waters both in Indonesia and in foreign waters.
Previously, to the Coordinating Minister for Politics and Security, the Marine Corps Commander, Maj. Gen. Suhartono reported, the special forces army unit in the Navy had been successful in dispelling a number of terrorist acts. First, the Aru Jaya operation in 1992. The Marines managed to drive the Lusitania Expresso, a Portuguese-flagged ferry sailing to Dili, East Timor (now Timor Leste).
The ship, owned by AA Rocha Cabecas, was chartered by East Timor’s anti-integrationist activist group against Indonesia, January 23, 1992. The ship weighing 1,662 tons drove at 15 knots carrying 73 NGO activists from 18 countries, including former Portuguese President Antonio Ramlho Eanes, and 56 journalists from six countries. This voyage has an international provocation mission following the Santa Cruz incident.
Suhartono said the success of the Navy special forces made pirates alias Somali pirates in disarray when attacked by a joint unit of elite Kopassus, Kopaska and Denjaka. At that time, Indonesia’s proud Indonesian elite troops succeeded in freeing Indonesian citizens who were held hostage by Somali pirates. Elite TNI forces also hunted down Somali pirates after the MV Sinar Kudus, operated by PT Samudera Indonesia, was hijacked in the waters of the Arabian Sea on March 16, 2011.
Therefore, the Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs expressed pride and appreciation for the Marines in the presence of Denjaka.
“I am very proud of the Denjaka soldiers both on duty at home and abroad. Because in addition to being a powerful and respected soldier of the world, Denjaka has carved a glorious achievement both in the suppression of rebellions in the country, the operation to eradicate hostages in foreign countries, and the eradication of extremist actions. This series of achievements boasts and boasts the name of Indonesia in the eyes of the world, “said Mahfud in his remarks in front of the Denjaka special forces.
Mahfud also hoped that the quality of the special forces that were qualified and recognized by the world would be empowered. Namely by involving special forces and dealing with acts of terrorism.
This former Minister of Defense tells of the beginnings of reform whose excess is reducing the role of the military. Reform, change the structure of the state administration which orientation is more in favor of the enforcement of Human Rights (HAM). The impact of the Human Rights Law, Konmnas HAM, justice and so on, changed completely. The Indonesian National Police is separated through MPR Decree Number 6 and 7 of 2000.
“Military military, civilian police. The TNI defense and ideological sovereignty as well as the region, the law enforcement police and their protectors Article 28 increased by 10 points, very long. Because it is so desirable, we affirm to the world that Indonesia wants to protect human rights, “he explained.
However, gradually, Mahfud considered, the TNI was needed to assist the police in the field of combating terrorism. Because, there are certain functions and situations that are specifically only owned and carried out by the TNI.
For example terror on board, extra territorial and embassy, involving vital objects, vital positions, the police cannot access them. The only ones who can enter the military are by promoting human rights protection.
“These are the pros and cons. The compromise is criminal terrorism, but because many are not only criminal and law, it is stated that the TNI can handle acts of terrorism, and TNI involvement is regulated by Presidential Regulation. The draft has been made, has been to the Parliament, the debate is quite exciting. We have also talked to a number of groups, including NGO friends. That terror is not merely a legal matter, not everything is resolved only by the police, “said Mahfud.
“Finally everyone understood. I have been assigned by the President to harmonize. Only a few need to be fixed. In a short time the DPR will immediately process it, “he added.
Mahfud also believes that the TNI will be professional. “If we look at it, it would be very disadvantage if there were great troops not used to overcome terrorism. Denjaka, Kopassus and other elite forces, have the ability to combat terrorism, of course according to the scale, type of difficulties, and certain situations, “concluded Mahfud MD.