The Jakarta Post
Muhammad Syafii, the chairman of the House of Representatives committee on the deliberation of the 2003 Counterterrorism Law’s draft revision, said that President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo should issue a presidential regulation (Perpres) that details the Indonesian Military's (TNI) role in counterterrorism operations.
Speaking after a meeting with Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto on Friday, Syafii said the government and the House had agreed that the TNI should be more actively involved in Indonesia's counterterrorism measures, instead of continuing with its current supporting role.
Syafii said Article 7 (2) of Law No. 34/2004 on the TNI clearly stipulated the military's role in counterterrorism; hence, lawmakers decided it no longer needed the House and the government to stipulate such details in the law’s draft revision.
“We agreed that based on the mandate of Article 7 , the government should issue a Perpres to stipulate the details on TNI counterterrorism roles, such as how and in what conditions the TNI could be involved in counterterrorism operations,” Syafii said on Friday.
He went on to say that under the revised law, the National Counterterrorism Agency (BNPT) would take a leading role in coordination among institutions involved in counterterrorism measures, including the TNI and the National Police.
The Gerindra Party lawmaker further said the draft revision, the deliberation of which had been taking place for more than a year, was expected to be assessed at the House’s plenary meeting in December this year."We hope that after the House passes the bill into a law, the issuance of the Perpres will immediately follow," Syafii said. (ebf)