One issue that is being crowded discussed in Indonesia is about the country defends. This idea came from Defense Minister Gen. TNI Ryamizard Ryacudu. Country defends will be realized in military training for civilians. He stated that it will be starting from kindergarten to the Minister have to attends.
The training will be conducted at military installations located on many areas in Indonesia. And is planned to last for one month. He also stated that this program is not mandatory military service. It is unclear what he meant by this.
This training, if it can not be called as military training, would be followed by one hundred million citizens of Republik Indonesia. This plan has faced considerable opposition from colleagues in social media. Should indeed, the concept of the modern state, there is a separation between civilian life and military life.
For colleagues in this virtual world, no corruption is already a form of defending the country. Similarly, for civil servants, well serving the community is already a form of devotion to the state. So, no need to be in the form as proposed by the Defence Minister.
The virtual world friend who is middle class in Indonesia stated that the idea does not make sense. The working class openly or innuendo saying that it would be better if they concentrate on their work so that Indonesia could become more advanced. Does not follow the obligation to defend the country does not mean they do not love Indonesia. Love to the nation better realized in other, more rational way. Among them as mentioned above.
Coordinating Minister for Political, Law and Security, Luhut Binsar Panjaitan stated that the idea of civil defense is an attempt to improve the discipline of the younger generation. It is part of the "mental revolution" initiated by President Jokowi. But he said it would correct the number of participants will be required to attend the program.
Currently, the Ministry of Defence is developing the curriculum of this program. The instructors will be chosen from the military, police department and others who involved in security issues. Let's wait, what about the continuation of this Defense Minister idea.
photograph by Emile Seno Aji