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A rocky road to military professionalism

  • Anton Aliabbas
    Anton Aliabbas

    PhD research student at the Center for International Security and Resilience

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Shrivenham   /   Thu, October 5, 2017   /  09:23 am
A rocky road to military professionalism All ready: Indonesian Military (TNI) personnel attend a parade during the TNI anniversary celebration ceremony in Jakarta in 2012. (Kompas.com/Fidel Ali)

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently instructed all government institutions, including the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police (Polri), to focus on their main duties and warned cabinet members against issuing statements beyond their scope and authority.

Jokowi’s remarks could easily be interpreted as a response to an uproar that created tension between TNI and Polri. This controversy began after TNI chief Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo got wind of a plan to illegally import 5,000 firearms by a non-military institution. 

To clarify the matter, Coordinating Political, Security and Legal Affairs Minister Wiranto said there was some sort of miscommunication about the procurement of the firearms. He admitted, however, that the police had purchased firearms from the state arms producer PT Pindad.

While Defense Minister ...

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