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From: Sunny <ambon-AVELsB7rqi0 <at> public.gmane.org>
Subject: TNI chief clarifies apology + TNI tak pernah mintaa maaf pada Singapura
Newsgroups: gmane.culture.region.indonesia.ppi-india
Date: Saturday 19th April 2014 08:09:51 UTC (over 4 years ago)
http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/asiapacific/tni-chief-clarifies/1074916.html


TNI chief clarifies apology

By Nicholas Fang 
POSTED: 17 Apr 2014 20:36

Some 48 hours after his interview with Channel NewsAsia aired on Tuesday,
the head of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has clarified an apology he
made during the interview. General Moeldoko said that he was expressing his
regret that the naming decision was final and would not be changed.
  a.. PHOTOS 
  b.. VIDEOS 
 Indonesian Armed Forces chief General Moeldoko (L) speaking to Channel
NewsAsia senior Southeast Asia correspondent Sujadi Siswo (back to camera).
(Photo: Channel NewsAsia) 
  a.. Enlarge 
  b.. Caption 

SINGAPORE: Some 48 hours after his interview with Channel NewsAsia aired on
Tuesday, the head of the Indonesian Armed Forces (TNI) has clarified an
apology he made during the interview.


General Moeldoko said on Thursday that he had not apologised to the
Singapore government for the naming of a warship after two Indonesian
marines who bombed MacDonald House in Singapore in 1965.

Instead, he clarified that he was expressing his regret that the naming
decision was final and would not be changed.

On Tuesday night, Channel NewsAsia aired an exclusive interview with
General Moeldoko, during which he touched on the relations between
Singapore and Indonesia, among other issues.

He was asked by Channel NewsAsia senior Southeast Asia correspondent Sujadi
Siswo about the decision to name a warship Usman Harun after the two
Indonesian marines, and the ties between the two countries.

"Once again I apologise. We have no ill intent whatsoever to stir emotions.
Not at all. Second, relations between the two countries are on the mend.
There've been communications among leaders. Singapore's Chief of Defence
and I have spoken," General Moeldoko had said.

Following the airing of the interview, General Moeldoko posted a link to
the Channel NewsAsia story on his own Facebook page. There was, however, a
mixed reaction. He was questioned by some Indonesians as to why he had
apologised.

These posts have since been removed from General Moeldoko's Facebook page.

On Wednesday, Singapore's Defence Minister Ng Eng Hen welcomed General
Moeldoko's comments, and said the Singapore Armed Forces will resume
bilateral cooperation with the TNI.

Earlier Thursday, General Moeldoko spoke to Indonesian media at the
President's Office in Jakarta before a Cabinet session to clarify his
views. He said that the apology had been for the fact that the decision to
name the ship was final and would not be changed.

The head of TNI's public affairs had also written to Channel NewsAsia,
citing the right of reply to clarify the comments by the TNI chief so that
there would be "no misinterpretation and misperception."

Echoing General Moeldoko's comments to the Indonesian media, the public
affairs head said that "the TNI Commander was expressing his regrets that
the naming was final and would not change."

The letter was copied to the chiefs of staff of the Indonesian Army, Navy,
Air Force, and the head of TNI Intelligence.

- CNA/ac

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http://www.waspada.co.id/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=322292:tni-tak-pernah-mintaa-maaf-pada-singapura&catid=77:fokuredaksi&Itemid=131


            Thursday, 17 April 2014 18:05           
     
      TNI tak pernah mintaa maaf pada Singapura  
      Warta  
      WASPADA ONLINE



       
      (tempo.co)
      JAKARTA - Polemik kapal militer TNI Usman Harun mencuat kembali
setelah munculnya pemberitaan media asing yang menyataakn Panglima TNI
Jenderal Moeldoko meminta maaf atas penamaan KRI Usman Harun.

      Namun pihak Mabes TNI ketika dikonfirmasi awak media melalui Kepala
Pusat Penerangan (Kapuspen) Mabes TNI Mayor Jenderal M Fuad Basya secara
tegas membantahnya. Berikut isi pernyatan Panglima TNI Jenderal Moledoko
kepada Channel News Asia (CNA) ketika diwawancara: 


      "Saya pikir itu sebuah keputusan kami bahwa Usman Harun tetap
penamaan itu dan sekali lagi mohon maaf bahwa apa yang telah kami pikirkan
tidak sama sekali berkaitan dengan membangun emosi kembali, tidak.

      Yang kedua negara telah ada recovery pendekatan-pendekatan antara
pimpinan, antar leader, antara saya dengan Panglima SAF dan kondisi
sekarang sudah menuju ke low intensity emosi saya kira ini harus dijaga,
tidak perlu lagi dari rekan rekan dari Singapura melakukan hal-hal yang
tidak produktif, kami juga seperti itu saya kira kita pada posisi yang
saling menjaga, saling menghormati dan saling percaya."

      Namun saat ditemui awak media, Panglima TNI Jenderal Moeldoko
menegaskan tidak pernah menyampaikan permintaan maaf kepada Singapura atas
penamaan KRI Usman-Harun.

      "Tidak ada itu mohon maaf. Maksudnya mohon maaf, penamaan (KRI-red)
Usman-Harun adalah keputusan kami yang final," kata Jenderal Moeldoko
kepada wartawan di Kantor Presiden Jakarta, hari ini.

      Panglima TNI menegaskan, penamaan Usman-Harun untuk Kapal Perang RI
merupakan keputusan yang tidak bisa diubah.

      Anggota Komisi I DPR Ahmad Muzani mengaku heran jika tiba-tiba
polemik tersebut kembali muncul akibat adanya permintaan maaf dari Panglima
TNI Jenderal Moeldoko dalam sebuah wawancara di media asing.

      "Ini kan ibarat membangunkan orang tidur di siang bolong," ujar
Muzani ketika berbincang dengan wartawan melalui sambungan telepon, hari
ini.

      Menurutnya, penamaan setiap alat utama sistem persenjataan TNI baik
di darat, laut maupun udara adalah sepenuhnya hak Indonesia. "Nama-nama itu
kan biasanya menggunakan nama pulau, gunung dan pahlawan nasional,"
tukasnya.

      Dia menambahkan, alasan penamaan kapal militer TNI dengan Usman Harun
adalah untuk membangkitkan semangat kepahlawanan para prajurit TNI dalam
membela bangsa. " Karena dua prajurit itu mengorbankan jiwa raganya untuk 
nusa dan bangsa. Jadi yang harus kita cermati kebijakan negara yang tidak
bisa diukur hari itu dan sekarang," ucapnya.

      Sementara itu mengenai permintaan maaf, pihaknya akan memanggil
Panglima TNI dalam kesempatan rapat kerja (raker). "Saya kira memang itu
harus dijelaskan," ucapnya.

      Polemik KRI Usman Harun kembali mencuat setelah adanya permintaan
dari Panglima TNI Jenderal Moledoko dalam sebuah wawancara dengan media
Singapura, Channel News Asia. ”Sekali lagi saya minta maaf. Kami
tidak punya niat buruk apapun untuk membangkitkan emosi. Tidak sama
sekali,” kata Jenderal Moeldoko, yang dipublikasikan media itu Selasa
lalu.

      Permintaan maaf ini kemudian disambut Pemerintah Singapura sebagai
permintaan maaf dari petinggi militer Indonesia atas penamaan kapal perang
Indonesia tersebut.

      Sebelumnya, Pemerintah Singapura protes terhadap penamaan KRI Usman
Harun. Pihak Singapura berpendapat Usman Harun merupakan tokoh yang
ditangkap dan dihukum gantung oleh pemerintah Singapura atas tuduhan
melakukan pengeboman di sekitar MacDonald House di Orchard Road, Singapura
pada 10 Maret 1965.

      Adapun nama Usman Harun, merupakan gabungan dari nama dua marinir
Indonesia, yaitu Usman Janatin dan Harun Said yang dianggap terlibat
pemboman di sebuah bangunan di Orchard Road pada tahun 1965.

      Dua marinir Indonesia itu, telah dieksekusi dengan hukuman gantung di
Singapura, karena dianggap bersalah dalam pemboman tersebut. Jenazah
keduanya telah dimakamkan di Taman Makam Pahlawan (TMP) Kalibata, Jakarta
Selatan

      +++++

      http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702304626304579505251360867072



      Singapore Accepts Indonesian Apology for Ship's Name
      Bilateral Cooperation Between The Two Militaries to Resume
      By 
      Chun Han Wong 
      connect 
      April 16, 2014 9:20 a.m. ET

      Singapore on Wednesday accepted an apology from Indonesia's military
chief for naming a warship after two marines behind a deadly 1960s bombing
in the city-state, signaling a potential mending of frayed bilateral ties. 

      Gen. Moeldoko's conciliatory comments—made in an interview
aired Tuesday by a Singaporean broadcaster—came amid a monthslong
spat that had prompted Singapore to suspend inter-military relations with
its far-larger Southeast Asian neighbor.

      In a brief statement, Singapore Defense Minister Ng Eng Hen welcomed
the apology as "a constructive gesture" and said the city-state's armed
forces would "reciprocate Gen. Moeldoko's positive intentions by resuming
bilateral cooperation and activities with the [Indonesian military]."

      Bilateral relations had soured in February after the Indonesian navy
said it would name a frigate in honor of Indonesian marines Usman Haji
Mohamed Ali and Harun Said. The two were convicted and executed in
Singapore for killing three people and injuring 33 others in the March 1965
bombing of MacDonald House, a bank building in the Orchard Road shopping
district. 

      The attack was the deadliest of 37 bombings that rattled Singapore
starting in 1963, when Indonesia's then-president Sukarno led an armed
confrontation in opposition to the newly-formed Federation of Malaysia,
which then included Singapore. The conflict ended in 1966, a year after
Singapore left Malaysia to become an independent nation.

      Singaporean leaders say naming the ship Usman Harun revives painful
memories of the undeclared low-level war, comprised of a series of border
skirmishes and bomb attacks.

      Gen. Moeldoko, in the interview with Singapore's state-owned Channel
NewsAsia, said: "Once again I apologize. We have no ill intent whatsoever
to stir emotions…there are sensitivities that we did not foresee and
it escalated."

      The general also expressed hope that bilateral defense ties would
strengthen in future, but said the Indonesian navy wouldn't reverse its
move to name the ship the Usman Harun, a decision that was made in December
2012. 

      When the naming of Usman Harun was announced, Singaporean leaders
initially expressed dismay through public statements and pressed Jakarta to
reconsider the move. Indonesian officials, however, said they were within
their rights to honor national heroes, even as they assured Singapore that
no malice was intended. 

      Singapore then scrapped a series of planned inter-military
activities, and said it would ban the Usman Harun from its ports and naval
bases. Mr. Ng on Wednesday didn't indicate if this ban has been lifted. 

      Most recently, the city-state withdrew its delegation from an
international defense meeting held in Jakarta in March, after two
Indonesian men at the event were seen dressed in uniform as Messrs. Usman
and Harun. 

      Mr. Ng's response on Wednesday, however, paved the way for warmer
defense relations—a development welcomed by Jakarta. Gen. Moeldoko
"is hoping to look forward for greater cooperation," said Maj. Gen. Fuad
Basya, a spokesman for the Indonesian armed forces. "We want good
relationship with all countries. Zero enemies, a thousand friends." 

      The latest row over the marines—who carried out the bombing
while disguised as civilians—had revived a spat that officials from
both sides had considered settled in the early 1970s. 

      The two marines were hanged in Singapore in 1968, despite a clemency
plea from then Indonesian president Suharto. That sparked a wave of
anti-Singapore protests in Jakarta, where the two men were honored as
national heroes and given ceremonial burials. 

      Bilateral ties remained frosty until 1973, when then prime minister
Lee Kuan Yew visited the marines' graves—a conciliatory move that
Singaporean leaders say closed the matter.

      Relations have since improved between the two Southeast Asian
neighbors and major trade partners, although disputes have flared from time
to time over issues such as cross-border air pollution and Indonesia's ban
on sand exports to Singapore.

      —Andreas Ismar in Jakarta contributed to this article.

      Write to Chun Han Wong at [email protected]
 
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