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Soeharto-era community patrols to be reactivated

  • Anton Hermansyah

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta | Sat, January 16 2016 | 12:15 pm
Soeharto-era community patrols to be reactivated A new duty: Jakarta Governor Basuki “Ahok” Tjahaja Purnama (left) and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat pose in front of a picture of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during Djarot’s inauguration at City Hall in this file photo. Djarot said that the community patrols, known as siskamling, must be reactivated to help prevent terrorism. (JP/Awo)(left) and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat pose in front of a picture of President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo during Djarot’s inauguration at City Hall in this file photo. Djarot said that the community patrols, known as siskamling, must be reactivated to help prevent terrorism. (JP/Awo)

A new duty: Jakarta Governor Basuki '€œAhok'€ Tjahaja Purnama (left) and Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat pose in front of a picture of President Joko '€œJokowi'€ Widodo during Djarot'€™s inauguration at City Hall in this file photo. Djarot said that the community patrols, known as siskamling, must be reactivated to help prevent terrorism. (JP/Awo)

The Jakarta administration plans to reactivate the New Order legacy of community patrols, known as siskamling, in a bid to help prevent terrorism by curbing the development of terrorist cells in neighborhoods.

Jakarta Deputy Governor Djarot Saiful Hidayat said the siskamling -- a security system created in 1981 -- would be stipulated in regulations along with bolstered obligations to report any temporary visitors staying in a neighborhood more than two days.

"The siskamling system must be reactivated to prevent any attempts of terrorism, because it may happen anywhere. The terrorist may be in your neighborhood," he said in Jakarta on Friday.

If necessary, he added, he would issue an official letter to reactivate the volunteer neighborhood watch.

Siskamling are organized at the level of neighborhood units (RT) and community units (RW). Each family must send a representative to join the patrol in a group consisting of three or more persons, based on a collectively agreed schedule. (ags)

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