TNI Personnel Distribution Must be Based on ‘Indonesia-centrist Paradigm’, President Jokowi Says

By Office of Assistant to Deputy Cabinet Secretary for State Documents & Translation     Date 12 Januari 2017
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 President Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla discuss with several ministers before a Limited Meeting on Thursday (12/1), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

President Jokowi and Vice President Jusuf Kalla discuss with several ministers before a Limited Meeting on Thursday (12/1), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta

President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo asserted that as an archipelagic state with a wide geographical area, Indonesia does not have enough Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) personnel deployed in the northernmost point of eastern Indonesia, north point of western Indonesia, south point of eastern Indonesia, and south point of western Indonesia.

In fact, those points are not only the outermost and frontier areas of the Republic of Indonesia, but also the ones with huge potentials to be the core of national economic motor, and national economic growth, President Jokowi said.

Therefore, in its personnel distribution, President Jokowi instructed the TNI to consider paradigm in national development that is changed from ‘Java-centrist’ to ‘Indonesia-centrist’.

In the past two years, the Government has focused on the development acceleration in border areas, eastern Indonesia, outermost and frontier islands. “The Government also wants the development to be conducted in more even-handed way, so it will reduce regional gap, particularly between western and eastern Indonesia,” President Jokowi said in his remarks on a Limited Meeting on Synchronization of TNI Personnel Distribution with Development, on Thursday (12/1), at the Presidential Office, Jakarta.

The President believes that even distribution of development among regions will develop outermost areas, such as Natuna Islands in the west, Miangas Islands in the north, Biak-Merauke in the east, Rote Island and its surrounding areas in the south, into new economic and development centers.

For that purpose, President Jokowi asserted that TNI must be ready to address a future warfare pattern based on Indonesia’s geographical character as an archipelagic state.

The President also emphasized that the people who live in border areas need to feel the presence of the state; thus, it will make them proud to be Indonesian.

Also attending to the Limited Meeting were Vice President Jusuf Kalla, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal, and Security Affairs Wiranto, Coordinating Minister for the Economy Darmin Nasution, Coordinating Minister for Human Development and Culture Puan Maharani, Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, Minister of Defense Ryamizard Ryacudu, Minister of State Secretary Pratikno, Cabinet Secretary Pramono Anung, Presidential Chief of Staff Teten Masduki, Minister of Finance Sri Mulyani Indrawati, Minister of Home Affairs Tjahjo Kumolo, Minister of Communication and Informatics Rudiantara, Minister of State Apparatus Empowerment and Bureaucratic Reforms Asman Abnur, Indonesian Defense Forces (TNI) Commander Gen. Gatot Nurmantyo, TNI’s Chiefs of Staff, and Indonesian National Police Chief Tito Karnavian. (RMI/DND/SM/ES) (RAS/EP/YM/Naster)

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