Police Chief Tito Karnavian (4th from left) poses for photo session after delivering speech at stock exchange building (photo; RK)

JAKARTA (TheInsiderStories)Indonesia’s National Police Chief Tito Karnavian assured investors and business players on Monday (20/11) that the national security situation will remain under control in 2018, as the country is preparing for a Presidential Election in 2019, and will act firmly on whoever causes a disturbance that threatens national security.

“As long as the National Police and the Military are united, be assured that national security will remain under control in the future,” Tito Karnavian said in a one-hour speech before capital market players at the Indonesian Stock Exchange Building, on Monday (20/11).

He said Indonesia is one of the largest democratic countries in the world, but is yet to mature as most of the Indonesian population is lower class, and mostly uneducated. As a result, they often make decisions not based on rational considerations, but emotions, as well as easily provoked (as reflected in the Jakarta governor’s election).

“To have a mature democratic country, you have to have a large middle class who make decisions rationally,” Tito Karnavian said.

In addition to preparing for the 2019’s Presidential Election, Indonesia next year will be pre-occupied with regional government elections, to elect governors and heads of regencies.

Based on Home Affairs Ministry data, there will be 171 regional government elections. Of these, 115 regional elections will elect Heads of Regencies and the remaining 39 will vote for Governors.

Karnavian said Indonesia has experienced peaceful regional government elections as well as Presidential elections, in past years. Nevertheless, the Police will remain vigilant about any potential disturbances that could disrupt national security and ultimately destabilize the country, in term of its politics and economy.

“There will be dynamics of Pilkada and Presidential Elections such as we have already seen in the past. There could be some upheavals, but God willing, we will contain them,” the Police Chief said.

He stated the police will act firmly with those trying to disturb national security. ‘We (Police) will hit back at those who are trying to disrupt security.’ Therefore, he said, business players should just plan on running their businesses as usual.

Karnavian said Indonesia is facing three potential threats that could arise in 2018, namely, disintegration of the nation, social conflicts and terrorism. The threat to the national integrity could arise if participants of the regional elections – governor or regency head candidates – and the public in general, do not avoid sensitive issues, particular ethnicity, religion and race.

“I am afraid that some candidates will use these sensitive issues to garner support from the voters, replicating what happened during the Jakarta governor’s election. However, arousing such sensitivity could divide the public and pose a threat to national security,” Police Chief Tito Karnavian said.

Prior to delivering the speech, attended by hundreds of capital market players, the Police Chief opened trading on the Indonesian Stock Exchange. As he delivered his speech, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI) was in a green zone, hovering over 6,050 points.

Written by Roffie Kurniawan, Email : roffien@theinsiderstories.com