Jokowi Prepares IDR 12.2 Trillion to Fortify Natuna Waters

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has prepared a budget of IDR 12.2 trillion to strengthen maritime security in Natuna. This policy is known from Presidential Regulation Number 85 of 2021 concerning the Government's Work Plan for 2022

President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has prepared a budget of IDR 12.2 trillion to strengthen maritime security in Natuna. This policy is known from Presidential Regulation Number 85 of 2021 concerning the Government's Work Plan for 2022


Netgenz - Politic Regional | President Joko Widodo (Jokowi) has prepared a budget of Rp. 12.2 trillion to strengthen maritime security in Natuna. The regulation was found from Presidential Decree Number 85 of 2021 concerning Government Work Ideas for 2022. The document states that one of the strengthening efforts in Natuna is carried out through the provision of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones. The government will thicken military facilities and infrastructure in several vital islands.

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"MP [Red: Major Project / Tactical Focus Project] Strengthening Marine Security in Natuna is expected to increase deterrent effects and enforce sovereignty in Natuna Waters; reduce piracy activities; violence and crime at sea; IUU fishing; and transnational crimes. 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 addition of Presidential Decree No. 85 of 2021.

The government said that the budget was used to meet the adequacy of the TNI AL's special weapons mechanism (defense equipment) in Natuna, amounting to 40.59%. The budget is used to meet the adequacy of marine security equipment (alpakamla) owned by Bakamla in the amount of 44.17%.

The government gave several arguments for strengthening security in Natuna, such as the increasing escalation of terror and the lack of a strong navigation rescue mechanism. The government hopes that the strengthening of security can maintain sovereignty in the Natuna waters.

"Outcome/impact: no violation of jurisdiction in the Natuna Sea Area," taken from the document. Initially, Bakamla touched on the situation in the Natuna waters. Bakamla said there were several hundred Chinese and Vietnamese ships on the shore, but they were not identified by radar. At the same time, Bakamla lacks the resources to secure sovereignty in the waters. They don't have a fleet of air or fuel to guard the shores.

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"Until now, our fuel is not available. Our ships are ready to go to sea and patrol, but there is no fuel," said Bakamla Special Secretary Laksda S. Irawan in a Hearing Opinion Meeting (RDP) with Commission I DPR at the Parliament Complex, Jakarta, Monday (13/9). "And they were there a long time, some Vietnamese ships and the Chinese coast guard," he explained.

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