Indonesian state in safety: President

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – After briefing the Air Force’s Special Force Command (Korpaskhas) at Sulaiman Airport in Bandung, West Java, on Tuesday, President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) asserted that the State of Indonesia remained safe.

President Jokowi made the statement in response to a reporter who asked if his safari visits to military and police headquarters this week indicated the presence of a concern.

The visit of President Jokowi to the Korpaskhas Headquarters at the Sulaiman Airport on Tuesday was to check the readiness of the troops, as well as to remind the soldiers that they all are the front-line in maintaining pluralism.

Thats what the president always emphasizes on every visit and direction to a number of TNI soldiers and police some time ago.

“We want to remind that the nation is diverse in ethnicity, religion, race, and language, and the TNI soldiers and police are the unifying force of the state,” Jokowi said.

While visiting the Headquarters of Indonesias Marine Corp in Cilandak, South Jakarta, on Friday, the president said he could feel the readiness of every officer of the TNI and the National Police (Polri) in protecting the unity and integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia (NKRI).

“When we have already met and are close like this, we can feel that our officers are ready,” Jokowi said at the time.

The president toured several headquarters of the TNI and Polri, starting from the Headquarters of the Indonesian Army (TNI AD) on Monday, the National Police Headquarters on Tuesday, the Armys Special Force Command (Kopassus) Headquarter on Thursday, the Headquarter of the Polices Mobile Brigade Corp on Friday morning, and the Korpaskhas Headquarters in Bandung on Tuesday.

He said he carried out the safari tours, because he had not visited TNI and Polri officers before as the Highest Commander of the TNI.

The president said he wanted an orderly state where the majority protects the minority and the minority respects the majority.

“They should protect each other, respect each other, and live in harmony,” he said.(*)