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Jakarta Post

Commentary: Rethinking basic security arrangements for VVIPs

  • Imanuddin Razak

    Journalist at The Jakarta Post

  /   Mon, October 14 2019   /  12:39 am

The stabbing of Coordinating Political, Legal and Security Affairs Minister Wiranto in Pandeglang, Banten, on Thursday has shocked the nation amid the current trend of public-friendly gestures among state dignitaries. Such a populist approach is championed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo, who at almost every public appearance is willing to take wefies with his fans, regardless of the strict security protocol.The video footage of last Thursday’s attack revealed poor security cover for Wiranto despite the presence of uniformed and plainclothes officers. The fact that the pair of attackers, described by the police as members of the terrorist group Jamaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), could reach Wiranto unnoticed was evidence of the lax security
arrangements.As the footage shows, the pair were standing close enough to the car that Wiranto had arrived in and could suddenly approach and ...