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Jakarta, CNN Indonesia –

Member of Commission I DPR Bobby Adhityo Rizaldi revealed that the Maritime Security Agency (Bakamla) will be allowed to buy military weapons starting in June this year. According to him, it will strengthen supervision over Indonesian waters especially around Natuna, which is close to South China Sea.

Bobby supports the government’s move to allow Bakamla to buy military weapons. He considered that so far Indonesia still tends to be weak in monitoring the Natuna waters near the South China Sea.

“So far it only has the carrying capacity of a light rifle with a range of under 1 km, which of course with the dynamics of the North Natuna Sea, is inadequate,” Bobby said when contacted by CNNIndonesia.com, Sunday (28/6).

Bobby explained that Bakamla only had about 10 patrol ships. However, not yet equipped with standard military weapons (Naval Gun System).

This situation, according to Bobby, makes Indonesia tend to be weak when compared to China, which so far has often provoked in the South China Sea. Bobby said the Chinese coast guard was equipped with Norinco with a range of more than 5 km.

When Bakamla was allowed to buy military weapons, Bobby saw Indonesia’s marine security posture would become stronger. Therefore he supports.

“With Permenhan 12 number 2020, it strongly supports the supremacy of our civilian sea security there. Now Bakamla can shoot foreign fishermen who enter Indonesian territory without permission, and will not be considered military aggression,” Bobby said.

House of Representatives Commission I member Dave Laksono expressed similar things. He supports if Bakamla is allowed to buy weapons. Moreover, so far Bakamla ships are not equipped with weapons in protecting the waters.

However, it is not a military weapon for war, but a defense or surveillance of the waters.

“Not the big artillery, but to defend themselves. If for the war, it is to massively damage, but if to defend yourself it is to guard,” Dave said.

Dave also considered Bakamla must be strengthened by a law. It is known, the formation of Bakamla is based on Presidential Regulation No. 178 of 2014. Dave believes Bakamla will be stronger if it is regulated in a law rather than a Presidential Regulation.

Known, China has provoked in the South China Sea since a few weeks ago. They still claim it is the territorial waters.

The Chinese signs provoked the reaction of the United States which also showed strength around the South China Sea. The Indonesian side, in this case the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, still stated expressly not to recognize China’s claim on waters in the South China Sea.

(bmw / gil)

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