Hunting for Ali Kalora’s Group
POLICE forces and the Indonesian Military (TNI) are hunting for the East Indonesia Mujahidin (MIT) terrorist group.
They narrowed the space for the group led by Ali Kalora after the massacre of a family in Lembantongoa village, Sigi Regency, Central Sulawesi. “The National Police chief ordered the chief of the Central Sulawesi regional police to work in Poso and be backed up by the best team from the Police criminal investigation unit,” said Chief of the National Police Public Relations Division, Insp. Gen. Argo Yuwono, Wednesday, December 2.
The massacre of four people in one family took place on Friday morning, November 27. The alleged perpetrators numbered 10 people and were members of the MIT. National Police Chief Gen. Idham Azis ordered his members to shoot dead any resisting Mujahidin members.
The National Police and TNI deployed the Tinombala operations task force team, drones, and technology and intelligence equipment to hunt down Ali Kalora’s group. Brigadier Gen. Awi Setiyono, chief of the Police public information bureau, said additional personnel from the TNI have arrived in Sigi to assist the police. “We’ve received information about additional personnel from the Army and Navy as many as 30 people,” he said.
Commander of Military Resort Command 132/Tadulako, Brig. Gen. Farid Makruf, said the MIT group is believed to be still in the vicinity of the incident because it had sufficient logistics from looting the residents. He stated that the pursuit of this group would be strengthened by the Army’s Strategic Command (Kostrad) and Marines from Palu.
President Joko Widodo condemned the act of terror. He considered that the action was aimed at creating provocation and terror in the community. The President promised to provide compensation for the victims’ families.
Social Welfare Minister Detained for alleged Corruption
CORRUPTION Eradition Commission (KPK) has named Social Welfare Minister Juliari Peter Batubara as suspect in the alleged graft of Covid-19 welfare assistance program. Juliari was suspected to have received Rp14.5 billion from Agro Utama for an aid package project worth Rp5.9 trillion.
KPK Chief Firli said Juliari had ordered tender officials Matheus Joko Santoso and AW to directly appoint tender winners. “The bribe money was given to JPB (Juliari P Batubara) via Matheus and SN (Shelvy N.),” Firli disclosed during a press conference on Sunday, December 6. Shelvy is a secretary at the social ministry.
The money was handed over at a venue in Jakarta on Saturday, December 5. KPK nabbed six people during the raid. Besides Juliari, four others have been named as suspects.
State Officials Infected with Coronavirus
Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan tested positive for Coronavirus Disease 2019 or Covid-19 on Tuesday, December 1. He isolated himself at the governor’s official residence in the Menteng area, Central Jakarta. “I will follow the treatment procedures recommended by the medical team,” he said.
Four days earlier, Deputy Governor Ahmad Riza Patria was confirmed positive for Covid. The Jakarta health office carried out swab tests on 437 people who had close contact with Anies and Riza. As a result, 24 people were tested positive for Covid-19.
Additionally, Minister of Manpower Ida Fauziyah was also infected with the coronavirus. The politician from the National Awakening Party (PKB) said that she will isolate herself to prevent the spread of the virus. The number of daily new cases continues to increase. On December 3, 8,369 new cases were recorded—the most since the pandemic emerged in early March.
Meanwhile on Sunday night, December 6, 1.2 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine from China’s Sinovac Biotech has arrived at Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Banten. “Even though the vaccine has arrived in Indonesia, the vaccination itself must pass some evaluation steps by the BPOM (Food and Drug Monitoring Agency) to ensure its quality, safety, and effectiveness,” said Coordinating Minister for the Economy Airlangga Hartarto.