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Jakarta Post

Activists raise questions about military bill

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 16 2010   /  09:26 am

The House of Representatives is deliberating a draft law on a national military reserve, to be ratified this year, while activists continue to question its viability.

The reserve component bill stipulates that among efforts to maintain national security the government must establish a reserve army comprising civilian troops, similar to the Singapore Army Operational Reserve or United States National Guard.  

The Defense Ministry says a reserve army is mandated under the Constitution and would enhance the capacity of the Indonesian Military to face military and non-military threats. Service in the reserve would be mandatory under the new law.

Hari Prihartono, a military expert from the Propatria Institute, said the government needed to consider its economic and political capacity to support and maintain such an army.

“There should be a management syste...