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After reforms, military needs good PR to avoid ‘endgame’

  • Barikatul Hikmah

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Jakarta   /   Mon, June 3, 2019   /  03:37 pm
After reforms, military needs good PR to avoid ‘endgame’ Members from the Indonesian military's armoured division take part in a parade to mark the 72nd anniversary of the Indonesian military's founding in Cilegon on October 5, 2017. (AFP/Ricardo)

Oh my God, it was so hard to get a ticket to watch the Avengers: Endgamemovie. So, to celebrate the hardship leading to finally watching the movie, let me borrow its title for an analogy on the Indonesian Military (TNI). You can blame the film’s directors, the Russo brothers, for the hard time to get the movie tickets. On May 8, quoting the social media handle of the Indonesian Air Force, The Jakarta Post published an article entitled “Indonesian Air Force to fly jet fighters to wake people for sahur”. I was furious about the story and furious is an understatement. I and other people who know the background would understand the intended narrative. As part of their night-flight training, during the fasting month of Ramadan the Air Force does fly its jet fighters before dawn because this practice medically suits the fasting pilots. However, th...

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