2) TNI Commander: Indonesia Meddled by `Foreign Hands`
TEMPO.CO, JBandung - The Indonesian National Armed Forces (TNI) Commander, General Gatot Nurmantyo revealed that he lately received a message containing false information or hoax. “Last night I was surprised by a WA (WhatsApp) message saying that Habib Rizieq was persecuted by an individual from Kostrad,” he said Wednesday, November 23, 2016.
In order to confirm the message, Gatot ordered his men to check the validity. “It (the persecution) did not exist,” he said.
It is known that the message was sent from a gambling website in Australia and one in the United States after intelligence officers investigated it. Such incidents have convinced Gatot about the existence of “foreign hands” meddling with Indonesia’s recent series of problematic events. “The goal is to disrupt Indonesia so that Indonesia’s territories would be divided (and separating) to other countries,” he said while showing the regions of Indonesia in a map that is targeted by foreign countries.
Islands outside of Java, such as Sumatra, Kalimantan, Sulawesi, and Papua, are being targeted by China, Islamic State, and the United States of America. “Honestly, I’m too bold, too reckless. But every Indonesians must know what they’re up against,” he said.
Earlier, it was reported that TNI Commander and the Chief of Indonesian National Police, General Tito Karnavian are working together in the intelligence sector related to the Third Act to Defend Islam. The aim is to conduct surveillance on the instigators of the movement that is planned to be held on November 25, 2016, and December 2, 2016.