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Jakarta Post

Jakarta needs overhaul in key locations

  • Thom Smyth

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, February 4 2009   /  10:31 am

Overhauling city aviation and transportation security should be top priorities for Jakarta, an Australian national security expert said Monday.

The massive blaze at Pertamina’s fuel depot two weeks ago has raised questions about the security of other critical infrastructure in the country and the readiness of security agencies to respond to threats.

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Dr. Carl Ungerer said a comprehensive review of security arrangements was required.

“That can only be done with a proper national risk assessment. The threat of terrorism is high in Indonesia, but so far, terrorist groups have preferred to go after ‘soft targets’,” Ungerer said.

“Transport and airline security should be top priorities.”

The fire at Pertamina’s Plumpang depot, resulting in one fatality and t...