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Commentary: TNI chief's maneuvers: From controversy to reality

  • Imanuddin Razak

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, September 28, 2017   /  10:35 am
Commentary: TNI chief's maneuvers: From controversy to reality A succession of controversial incidents, events and issues have made media headlines within the past few weeks leading to disquiet among the public. Among others is various remarks by the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo. (Antara/Wahyu Putro A)

A succession of controversial incidents, events and issues have made media headlines within the past few weeks leading to disquiet among the public. They include the continuing saga of the House of Representatives’ inquiry into the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), the protests that turned violent against a seminar on the failed coup of 1965 and various remarks by the Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo. We have yet to identify whether all these incidents, events and issues are interrelated, as they have emerged one after the other. Unresolved issues were buried in the media as the different headlines came one after the other — people are left wondering whether this was a deliberate attempt to divert public attention, or a media attempt to avoid focusing on one sensitive topic, to avoid jeopardizing stability. Among the controversies, h...