DPR on the alleged infiltration of PKI ideology in the TNI: need for further study
TEMPO.CO, Jakarta – Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives (DPR) Lodewijk Paulus said there was a need for a thorough study on the issue of Indonesian Army (TNI) infiltration by ideology today disappeared from the Indonesian Communist Party (PKI).
“Of course, we have to do a thorough study. We must not stir up an uproar over the national condition, ”Lodewijk told Parliament on Thursday 30 September.
Former Army Special Forces Commander (Kopassus) said the allegation arose following the removal of statues of military figures who were allegedly killed by the PKI in an incident known as G30S . Lodewijk said it was necessary to first examine whether the moving of the statue could be an indicator of a PKI infiltration.
Lodewijk added that TNI had applied a system to detect whether or not staff were influenced by such a banned Communist ideology since the start of staff recruitment.
Previously reported, former TNI commander Gatot Nurmantyo suspected PKI supporters had infiltrated the TNI again. He expressed suspicion which was proven by a short video showing the removal of evidence on the G30S in the Dharma Bhakti Museum of the Army Strategic Command (Museum Kostrad).
Kostrad’s spokesperson, Colonel Inf. Haryantana said in a press release that Kostrad never dismantled or removed the historic statues of Indonesia’s second President Soeharto and military figures, Lieutenant. General Sarwo Edhie Wibowo and General AH Nasution.
“The removal of the statues was at the request of Lieut. General (retired) Azmyn Yusri Nasution for his peace, ”Haryantana said, denying that he was motivated by a communist agenda.
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