Responding to the recent Solo Bombing, commission I of Indonesian parliament suggest increasing national defense budget particularly for the intelligence agency. Represented by Max Sopacua, the commission has sounded their aspiration about ways to counter terrorism in Indonesia.
Max Sopacua said that this suggestion is sounded in a meeting with Chief of Indonesia Intelligence Agency, BIN, Sutanto. This is considered important because BIN’s work is crucial and very complex, particularly in dealing with terrorism and communal conflict allover Indonesia.
“For 2012, intelligence budget is only 1.2 trillions Rupiahs. Thinking about how complex and the vast coverage of BIN’s work, I think it is just normal to increase its budget. We should increase it to 2.5 trillions Rupiahs which included in National Budget,” said Max.
With that additional fund, BIN is expected to expand its coverage, not only focusing on certain areas such as eastern of Indonesia. The raise is for the sake of all people in Indonesia. “BIN should be seriously supported if we want to declare war against terrorism. Government right now has played its part well. It’s not true that it fails protecting its people,” add Max.
The other member of commission I, Tjahjo Kumolo, questioned regarding the Solo Bombing; whether or not information from BIN had been spread to all elements of government. “We would like to question the intelligence agency, BIN, regarding the Solo tragedy. We don’t want to speculate on whether Solo incident is a result of ignorance on intelligence information or not,” said Tjahjo.
Tags: Terrorism, Indonesia, Intelligence Agency, Bombing