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Jakarta Post

Luhut to propose revision to TNI Law

  • Marguerite Afra Sapiie
    Marguerite Afra Sapiie

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Thu, May 24, 2018   /   10:32 am
 Luhut to propose revision to TNI Law Maintaining neutrality: Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan speaks during the Belt and Road Trade and Investment Forum on Apr. 12 in Beijing, China. (Courtesy of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Ministry/File)

Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister Luhut Pandjaitan has said his office will propose that the 2004 Indonesian Military (TNI) Law be revised to allow active Navy personnel to work at his office.

"We want active personnel to be able to work from the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister, since there are various sectoral issues that can be handled by naval officers," Luhut said on Wednesday.

When the TNI Law was deliberated and eventually passed in 2004, the Office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister was not yet established, so the law did not include any provisions for allowing active TNI personnel to work at the ministry, Luhut said.

The position and office of the Coordinating Maritime Affairs Minister was established shortly after Joko "Jokowi" Widodo assumed the presidency in 2014.

Article 47 (2) of the TNI Law stipulates that active military personnel can serve at several government offices, including those of the Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister, the Defense Ministry, the Presidential Military Secretary, the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) and the Supreme Court.

"There are various [...] maritime issues that must be handled by Navy personnel who understand maritime [affairs]," said Luhut, adding that the issues ranged from illegal fishing to maritime security.

He said the ministry had discussed revising the law with the House of Representatives Commission I overseeing defense and security. "We will soon submit [the revision] to the House," he added.

Luhut's plan comes amid revisions to the 2003 Terror Law, a key issue of which was the greater involvement of the TNI in counterterrorism operations. (ahw)