Regarding the Appointment of Major General Maruli as Pangkostrad, PDI-P: A Form of Political Consolidation of State Defense

BALI, KOMPAS.com – PDI-P Secretary General Hasto Kristiyanto did not question the assumption that the election of Major General (Mayjen) Maruli Simanjuntak became Commander of the Army Strategic Reserve Command (Pangkostrad) because of his close relationship with President Joko Widodo.

Hasto considered that the proximity factor was actually Jokowi’s consideration in appointing figures holding strategic positions, including in the TNI.

Because of that closeness, he said, President Jokowi was able to assess Maruli as worthy of the position of Pangkostrad.

“The relationships that have been established show that the President knows inside and out about leadership from strategic ranks throughout the TNI,” said Hasto, on the sidelines of a series of events for the 49th Anniversary of PDI-P and General Chair Megawati Soekarnoputri in Bali, Saturday ( 22/1/2022).

Also read: PDI-P Appointment of Maruli as Pangkostrad Based on Careful Considerations

He did not deny that Maruli had a close relationship with President Jokowi because of the tasks he had previously carried out.

Meanwhile, Maruli served as Commander of the Presidential Security Forces (Danpaspampres) in 2018-2020.

Then, Maruli is also the son-in-law of the Coordinating Minister for Maritime Affairs and Investment Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan.

“So, of course, it is important in such a strategic position as a figure who is already known to the president,” said Hasto.

According to him, President Jokowi certainly looks at Maruli’s track record as a candidate for the Kostrad Commander, because the TNI has an important task in maintaining national defense.

“Because its duties are very important, the TNI maintains the safety of the nation and state, the sovereignty of the people, and the integrity of the country,” said Hasto.

Also read: Profile of Maj. Gen. Maruli Simanjuntak, Luhut’s son-in-law who officially serves as the Military Commander

Hasto considered the things mentioned as a form of consolidation of the national defense policy. According to him, the consolidation of the country’s defense policy has been carried out by Jokowi.

“This is a form of consolidation in carrying out the national defense policy carried out by the President,” he concluded.

Maruli’s appointment as Pangkostrad was known based on the Decree of the Commander of the TNI Number 66/I/2022 concerning Dismissal from and Appointment in Position within the TNI.

The decree was signed by the TNI Commander General Andika Perkasa on January 21, 2022

“Pangkostrad is held by Maj. Gen. Maruli Simanjuntak,” said Head of the TNI Information Center, Maj. Gen. Prantara Santosa in a written statement, Saturday (22/1/2022).

However, before the decision was made, the public highlighted Maruli’s close relationship with Jokowi.

Also read: Two People Close to Jokowi in the Candidate Exchange for the Military Commander

In response to this, the Director of the Institute for Security and Strategic Study (ISES) Khairul Fahmi reminded that filling the position of Kostrad Commander cannot be avoided from political dynamics.

This can be seen because the appointment of Pangksotrad must go through a presidential decree.

But the most important thing, he said, should be that things of a political nature, such as proximity to power or certain political forces, should not be the main consideration.

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