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Jakarta Post

Forming Komcad not a pressing need

  • Al Araf and Gustika Jusuf-Hatta


Jakarta   /   Wed, February 3 2021   /  01:00 am
Flat out: More than 500 youths from 18 districts in the Central Java regency of Purbalingga take part in military training as part of the State Defense program in Munjulluhur camping ground on Dec. 12, 2016. The government will recruit 25,000 people to join the Reserve Component program this year. (Tribunjateng/Khoirul Muzaki)

On Jan. 12, 2021, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo signed Government Regulation (PP) No. 3/2021 on the Implementation of Law No. 23/2019 on National Resource Management for State Defense (PSDN Law). Under the newly signed regulation, the Defense Ministry will begin recruiting and training for the National Reserve Component (Komcad). The regulation allows the ministry to start recruiting the first 25,000 members of the reserve corps. Even before its inception in 2019, the PSDN Law had stirred debate over its legislation and substance. Procedure-wise, the law is deemed as flawed, as it was deliberated hastily in a manner that excluded transparency and public consultation. This process of legislation is seen to violate Law No. 12/2011 on the Formulation of Laws and Regulations, which mandates public consultation in formulating any law or regulation. Meanwhile, in terms of...