Sutiyoso accepted as new chief of Indonesian intelligence agency

Sutiyoso accepted as new chief of Indonesian intelligence agency

Sutiyoso. (ANTARA/M. Agung Rajasa)

Ten factions gave their statements after we heard Sutiyoso`s vision ..."
Jakarta (ANTARA News) - All political party factions of Commission I of the House of Representatives (DPR) agreed to accept retired army lieutenant general Sutiyoso here on Tuesday as the next chief of the National Intelligence Agency (BIN).

"Ten factions gave their statements after we heard Sutiyosos vision, mission, and program and studied them," Chairman of Commission I Mahfudz Siddiq said during an internal meeting of the commission.

He revealed that the Hanura and Nasdem factions had agreed with notes that Sutiyoso must improve communication channels and coordination with the DPR.

The PPP faction also agreed with notes that the new BIN chief must have the courage to provide inputs to President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) when dealing with national interests.

"The PKS accepted him with a note that the DPR has internal supervision, which will be set up. The PKB and PAN factions accepted him, as well," he stated.

Siddiq further noted that the Democratic Party faction has approved Sutiyoso with the hope that the new BIN chief will ensure better coordination from the agency.

The party faction also reminded Sutiyoso to uphold the BINs neutrality so it does not get trapped in the web of partisanship.

Moreover, the Golkar Party faction accepted Sutiyoso with three notes---the new BIN chief must increase cooperation with the DPR; he must ensure that the president will pay heed to the BINs recommendations while making policies, to prevent errors; and he must alter his style of communication.

"The PDIP faction accepted him completely and supported him with notes that urge him to respect the law on the intelligence agency and work bearing in mind the interests of the state, not those of specific groups," he remarked.

Siddiq affirmed that all notes and factors that Commission I took into account will be discussed at a plenary session to produce the DPRs final decision.

(Reporting by Imam Budilaksono/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/A014)