Income Gap Not the Cause of Indonesian Police/ Military Brawl: Police Chief
Arientha Primanita & Farouk Arnaz
Jealousy over high paychecks was not the cause of Sunday’s clash between the National Police and the Indonesian Military (TNI) in Gorontalo, Sulawesi, National Police chief Gen. Timur Pradopo said on Tuesday.
“There is no jealousy. TNI soldiers get paid, and so do National Police
officers. And the amounts are about the same,” Timur
The cause of Sunday’s clash — which left eight injured — is still under investigation. But those involved in the brawl will be held accountable, Timur said.
“Everyone involved will be held responsible in line with the existing
regulation. We’re still awaiting developments from Gorontalo,” he added.
Officers of Gorontalo Police’s Mobile Brigade (Brimob) unit fought with members of TNI’s Kostrad
strategic reserve command early Sunday morning. By the end of the brawl, two Brimob officers and six Kostrad soldiers were injured.
The fight has left some, like Hajriyanto Thohari, deputy chairman of the
People’s Consultative Assembly (MPR), wondering whether disparities in pay may have caused the clash. Hajriyanto said that ties between police and soldiers have been strained since the separation of the two forces in 1999. Fights over money and territory are common, he added.
A team consisting of members of the Brimob and Kostrad are investigating the incident, National
Police spokesman Insp. Gen. Saud Usman Nasution said. So far, 18 police officers have been called in for questioning.
And in an effort to prevent further fights, members of both sides signed a memorandum of understanding on Tuesday agreeing to work together for the sake of security and public order.