State Defense Program

Kompas – November 7, 2015
State defense program

Man (speaking to kid imagining independence fighter the late Bung Tomo): State defence isn’t just about taking up arms but also about science, art, sport and respecting the law and human rights, acting honestly, anti-corruption and anti-bribes...

The State Defense (Bela Negara) program launched by Defense Minister and hardline general Ryamizard Ryacudu, which supposedly aims to train 100 million people to ‘defend the nation’, has been slammed as a waste of money and a return to the authoritarian system of Suharto’s New Order dictatorship.