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TNI territorial function to stay despite decade of reform: Sjafrie

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, May 26 2008   /  10:19 am

The reform movement, which began 10 years ago, stipulated the need for the Indonesian Military (TNI) to give up its sociopolitical role and focus on defense. A lot has been done in the past decade to help achieve military and defense reform, although there has been plenty of criticism that change has occurred too slowly. Defense Ministry secretary-general Lt. Gen. Sjafrie Sjamsoeddin talked to The Jakarta Post's Dwi Atmanta about the issue. Question: Does the military benefit from reform? Answer: Reform is making a change from an authoritarian system to democracy, which requires the TNI to establish a new paradigm. We maintain that reform cannot be interpreted as a revolution, but as a rational series of changes, by which we remove the bad things and repair the damage. Reform is not a total overhaul, but the implementation of gradual and systematic changes. The ben...