Post-Terror Attack in Jakarta: Should the Terrorism Law be Revised??


After Sarinah Terror Attack, should the Anti-Terror Law be Revised?

Author: Martahan Lumban Gaol 11:53 pm | Sunday, January 17, 2016

The evacuation process in Jalan Thamrin, Central Jakarta, Thursday (14/1), after the bombing and gunfire. (Photo: Doc Istanto)

JAKARTA, SATUHARAPAN.COM – Shortly after terror attack in the area of Sarinah, Central Jakarta, Thursday (14/1) yesterday, Coordinating Minister for Political, Legal and Security (Menkopolhukam), Luhut Binsar Pandjaitan, put forward the idea to revise the Law No. 15 2003 on Combating Criminal Acts of Terrorism.

Luhut considered that there should be a new policy that is more focused on preventive measures that the government and security forces do not merely act as ‘fire-fighter’.

Observers of terrorism from the University of Indonesia, Ridwan Habib, said the government does not need to revise the Law on Terrorism. He suggested that the government should implement the provisions contained already in the current Law on Terrorism more firmly on the ground.

“I feel no need to revise the Law on Combating Terrorism. The effective application of the currently existing Law is more important than its revision. As if to the thorough revision of the Law, it requires complicated political process and so on,” said Ridwan when contacted satuharapan .com, from Jakarta, Sunday (17/1).

He took the example, the government could have prevented the spread of the ideology of radicalism by starting from prisons. Because in fact, a number of terrorism case spreads its ideology in prisons and able to intricately communicate themselves to the wider community through writing, preach, and video.

“For example, inmates of terrorism cases, Aman Abdurrahman, could very easily disseminate ideas or ideology from behind the prison. How, through text, voice, or video,” he said.

“And it happened unbelievably for more than 10 years inside the safety of the prison,” Ridwan said.

The Need of Self-Identity

Meanwhile, young thinker from the Circle of Applied Philosophy, Ito Prajna-Nugroho, said that we need to be very careful on pushing forward the discourse to revise the Law on Combating Terrorism that focus on preventive measures. According to him, the government, as always, simply see the problem of terrorism on one side only.

“If they really revised the Law (Anti-Terrorism) that means the government look at this issue from one side only,” he said.

In fact, Ito said, terrorism has multi-dimensional problems. When viewed from the side of culture, someone who joined terrorist groups tempted by a system of values that is lacking in democracy or secularism.

“So we cannot view this problem from one side only as there are too many things at stake here including the future of Indonesia‚Äôs democratic freedom. From the perspective of culture, people who join these terrorist groups is in desperate need of self-identity and sense of justice, which is deceptively offered by the extreme religious movement, not by democracy or secularism,” said Ito.

Editor: Bayu Probo (Satu Harapan)

Posted on January 23, 2016 in Etika Politik, Fenomenologi, Liputan

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