New regulations for the intelligence agency to work directly under President Jokowi – National
News Office (The Jakarta Post)
Mon 20 July 2020
President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo recently issued a regulation stipulating that the State Intelligence Agency (BIN) will work directly under the president’s authority in an effort to streamline intelligence reporting, officials said.
Presidential Regulation No. 37/2020 specifies that the BIN is no longer under the supervision of the office of the Minister for the Coordination of Political, Legal and Security Affairs. The new regulation takes effect on July 3 and revises the previous regulation, n ° 43/2015.
“The BIN would work directly under the president because state intelligence products are directly needed by the president more than [they are needed by my office]Coordinating Minister of Political, Legal and Security Affairs Mahfud MD tweeted on Saturday.
According to the new regulations, the minister’s office would coordinate with the Ministry of the Interior, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Defense, the Ministry of Law and Human Rights, the Ministry of Communications and information, the Ministry of Administrative and Bureaucratic Reform, the Attorney General’s Office, the Indonesian Military (TNI) and the National Police.
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BIN Deputy VII in charge of communications and information, Wawan Hari Purwanto, said the new regulations aimed to increase efficiency and better secure information.
“The goal is to speed up the dissemination of information to the president so that he can quickly adopt specific, effective and efficient policies. [The new regulation] would also increase information secrecy, ”Wawan said on Sunday, reported by Kompas.com.
“The dynamics of domestic and international politics, the economy, [issues], culture, defense and security are very complex. The new regulations would allow for more efficient dissemination of information, which is in line with our vision and mission and Intelligence Law No. 17/2011 on State Intelligence.
“The law stipulates that the BIN should be the one that quickly provides information to the president so that he can take immediate action to deal with various problems,” Wawan added.
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Although he no longer works under the office of the minister responsible for the coordination of political, legal and security affairs, Wawan said the BIN will continue to cooperate with other state institutions as needed.
He explained that the BIN chaired the Central Intelligence Committee (Komnipus), through which the agency was responsible for coordinating all intelligence institutions in the country.
The former deputy chief of the national police, General Budi Gunawan, has headed the agency since his appointment during Jokowi’s first presidential term in 2016 (nal).