President Joko 'Jokowi' Widodo instructed Chief Security Minister Wiranto to finalize revisions to the 2003 Antiterrorism Law after visiting the scene of last week's terrorist attack at the Kampung Melayu bus terminal in East Jakarta. (Antara Photo/Puspa Perwitasari)

Revisions to Anti-Terrorism Laws Must Be Finalized: Jokowi

BY : JAKARTA GLOBE

MAY 26, 2017

Jakarta. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo on Thursday (25/05) instructed Chief Security Minister Wiranto to finalize revisions to anti-terrorism laws after visiting the scene of Wednesday’s terrorist attack at the Kampung Melayu bus station in East Jakarta, Beritasatu reported.

Revisions to the country's 2003 anti-terrorism laws are currently being negotiated between the government and members of the House of Representatives (DPR).

Jokowi said that enforcing anti-terrorism laws is a necessity as terrorist attacks across the archipelago have become more common in recent years.

"I have instructed the chief security minister to finalize the revisions so that law enforcement officers have a strong foundation to act, particularly as part of an effort to prevent future attacks," Jokowi said, as quoted by Beritasatu.com.

The president added that terrorism is not merely a national issue, but a global challenge.

"In other countries, existing regulations serve to resolve and prevent acts of terrorism before they occur," Jokowi said, adding that Indonesia needs to follow suit in this regard.

Reuters reported that Wednesday evening's attack, in which two suspected suicide bombers killed at least five people – including three policemen –near the Kampung Melayu bus station, was claimed by Islamic State.

International Support

The European Union delegation to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam, along with several European embassies to the country, released a statement condemning Wednesday’s terrorist attack.

"The EU pays tribute to the Indonesian law enforcement bodies, whose vigilance and actions have prevented and contained many attacks, and to the policemen who tragically lost their lives in the line of duty," the EU said in a statement received by the Jakarta Globe.

Singapore’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs also released a statement on Thursday, indicating that government’s readiness "to work with Indonesia to bring those responsible for such reprehensible acts of terror to justice."

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