The Jakarta Post
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reminded the Indonesian Military (TNI) to be loyal to the government.
Speaking during a ceremony to commemorate the TNI’s 72 anniversary at the PT Indah Kiat dock in Cilegon, Banten, on Thursday, Jokowi opened his remarks with a historical quote from the military’s first commander, Soedirman, on the true identity of all Indonesian soldiers: to be loyal to the state.
“To be loyal to the state is to be faithful to the legitimate government,” he said.
He further emphasized that TNI belonged to the nation and thus should serve all people. “[TNI] must neither be divided by political interests nor involved in practical politics,” he added.
Jokowi also took the stage to deliver gratitude to the loyalty the TNI had shown to the nation.
In a gesture seen to encourage soldiers to remain loyal to his administration, Jokowi highlighted the five-point personnel oath of loyalty, the Sumpah Prajurit, which should be made by all soldiers.
“I’m proud and amazed listening to the Sumpah Prajurit that you made; your oath to be loyal to the NKRI [Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia] and the 1945 Constitution." (msa/ary)