President Jokowi Calls for Tightened Security for High-ranking Officials
Date 10 Oktober 2019
Following the attack on Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security Affairs Wiranto in Pandeglang Regency in Banten province on Thursday (10/10), President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo said he is considering stepping up security for senior government officials.
For the record, the attack occurred when Wiranto got off his car after officiating a ceremony to open a new building at a university in Pandeglang. He was stabbed at the “front” of his body and sustained two knife wounds.
In the meantime, speaking to reporters regarding Wiranto’s latest condition, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung said that Wiranto underwent surgery and had already left the operating theatre after a three-hour operation.
“When the stabbing occurred, I happen to be with the President and Minister of State Secretary. The President immediately gave directions to tighten security for all high-ranking government officials,” said Pramono said after visiting Wiranto at the Gatot Subroto Army Hospital (RSPAD), Jakarta, Thursday (10/10).
According to Pramono, many ministerial officials do not want to be guarded. However, he added, given that security threats is apparent and prepared, the Pandeglang incident serves as proof that terror network does exist.
In the meantime, regarding the form of security, Pramono said there is no need to overdo it; yet vigilance is crucial, he added.
“Wiranto is now at the intensive care unit (ICU) room. We hope he will recuperate from his operation soon,” Pramono said. (UN/ES)
Translated by: Muhardi
Edited by: M. Ersan Pamungkas