Chief minister to handle movements that threaten national security: President

Jakarta (ANTARA News) – The coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs will handle movements that have the potential to trigger law and order problems, according to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi).

“The coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs will handle them if there are movements that can potentially disrupt security,” President Jokowi informed reporters after opening the National Working Congress I of the Nahdliyin Business Makers Association at Jagakarsa, South Jakarta, on Friday.

The president said Indonesia is a democratic country, so everyone is free to voice their opinions.

“Please express (your) opinions; please stage demonstrations for those who want to, but there are rules that must be followed,” President Jokowi remarked.

The president elaborated that the rules comprised the permission to stage a demonstration as long as it does not disturb others and the action does not affect the law and order situation in the city or country.

“If it is already causing disturbance, well it is something what I think will be handled by the coordinating minister for politics and security,” he explained.

However, the president urged that the nations energy should not be spent for engaging in unproductive activities and affairs.

“Will we continue to repeat this? No, I say no,” President Jokowi, who was wearing a batik shirt and a black cap, stated.

When questioned whether it is possible to view it from a legal perspective, President Jokowi said the coordinating minister for political, legal, and security affairs will make the necessary assessments regarding it.

“Yes, it will later be calculated by the coordinating minister. Its legal umbrella will be evaluated,” he said.

Meanwhile, in connection with the outcome of his meeting with the leaders of the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), Jokowi stated that the government fully supported the KPKs steps to make Indonesia a country that is free of corruption.

“We give full support to it. I think it is clear, no doubts and questions about it,” he affirmed.

Jokowi said the meeting did not discuss the House of Representatives (DPRs) decision to exercise its right to launch an inquiry on the KPK in connection with the electronic-ID card corruption case.

“It comes under the DPRs zone of affairs and its right to conduct an inquiry,” Jokowi clarified.

Source: Antara News