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Jakarta Post

Mixed response to new rules on TNI engagement

  • Gemma Holliani Cahya
    Gemma Holliani Cahya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Wed, July 3, 2019   /  07:11 am
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Indonesian Military (TNI) commander Air Chief Marshal Hadi Tjahjanto salutes Defense Minister Ryamizard Ryacudu (second right) and former vice president and retired Army general Try Sutrisno (right) during a gathering at TNI headquarters in Cilangkap, East Jakarta, on Wednesday.(Antara/Yulius Satria Wijaya)

A new presidential regulation allowing active military personnel to assume key institutional and supervisory roles has elicited a mixed response from observers.  The regulation in question is Presidential Regulation No. 37/2019 on functional positions for TNI personnel. Signed recently by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, it stipulates that military personnel in organizations outside the military answer to their direct supervisors in the respective organization. In the case of a military official assigned to lead a certain organization, he or she will be subject to the rights and obligations attached to the position. The regulation does not specify which organizations TNI personnel may be assigned to. Expertise-based assignment aims to place military personnel in strategic positions overseeing regional, national or global affairs or to deploy them to tactical or ...