Jakarta. The National Police vowed to act against members of mass organizations who break the law and warned that it may ultimately affect the legal status of such organizations.
Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Boy Rafli Amar said that while it may involve a more complicated legal process to clamp down on mass organizations, the actions of individual members could be addressed directly.
"In terms of the law, [the minister of home affairs has the authority to act] but it has to be done through the courts. However, it does not mean that the police are not doing anything. The law will be enforced if individuals in a particular mass organization commit violations, so it does not mean they are untouchable," Boy said on Tuesday (06/12).
He said the police will therefore still play an active role to advise such individuals to act in accordance with the law, while also preventing mass organizations from conducting activities considered illegal.
National Police chief Gen. Tito Karnavian made a similar statement last month by underlining the requirement for strong evidence before the authorities can disband a particular mass organization.
"Disbanding can be done if [a mass organization] opposes Pancasila [the official state ideology] and actively breaks the law. But there should be strong legal justification before an organization can be disbanded," Tito said.
"Public input is required, as we need to be sure that these [organizations] are undesirable," he added.
Tito said the government needs to take firm action to disband mass organizations that violate the law and threaten the unity of Indonesia. Such action would involve the National Police, Indonesian Military (TNI), Ministry of Justice and Human Rights, Home Affairs Ministry and State Intelligence Agency (BIN).