President Jokowi allocates a multi-year budget of Rp12.2 trillion to strengthen security in the Natuna Sea, Riau Islands
Netgenz - Politic Regional | President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has budgeted Rp12.2 trillion to strengthen security in the Natuna Sea, Riau Islands. The budget actualization is distributed over 5 years multi-years. The jumbo budget was rolled out for a deterrent effect on the edge of the country. Strengthening security in Natuna became a national focus project or a major project (MP) following the increase in escalation in this area.
"In terms of capital, the implementation of the MP is financed from the APBN with signs of capital for 5 years in the amount of Rp. 12.2 trillion," taken from the additional Presidential Decree Number 85 of 2021. The document does not describe the budgeting pattern of the regulation. The presidential regulation only mentions that a budget of Rp. 78.2 billion will be disbursed in 2022 to strengthen security in Natuna.
The Presidential Regulation does not explain much about the idea of budget spending. The government only provides a variety of weapons to spend with that money. "Project highlights: provision of unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) (APBN); vital island military infrastructure (APBN)," the document reads.
The crisis in Natuna waters has become another final review for the Maritime Security Body (Bakamla) to reveal several findings at the Hearing Opinion Meeting (RDP) with Commission I of the DPR, Monday (13/9). At that time, Bakamla told the issue of the state of concern for defense on the edge. Bakamla said some of their ships did not have fuel for patrols. They claimed that the radar could not detect several hundred foreign ships in Natuna.
"If we look at the radar observations or observations from our Puskodal, up to now in the overlapping area there are still 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 several Vietnamese ships, radar observations, including several Chinese coast guard ships," he said. Bakamla Special Secretary Laksda S. at a meeting at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Monday (13/9).