The Batak-born general IN “UNIFORM “HE KNOWS ALOT OF THINGS GOIN ON IN IN SECRET SEVICE .IS HE GOOD FOR BATAK PEOPLE OR JUST HIM SELF /FAMILY?

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Date: 18 Mar 2000 13:58:39
From: tapol@gn.apc.org
Reply-To: “Conference act.indonesia”
To: Recipients of indonesia-act
Subject: East Java army commander denies president’s allegations

From: TAPOL
Subject: East Java army commander denies president’s allegations

Received from Joyo Indonesian News

BBC Summary of World Broadcasts
March 17, 2000
Source: ‘Jawa Pos’ web site, Surabaya, in Indonesian 15 Mar 00

East Java army commander denies president’s allegations

Surabaya: President Abdurrahman Wahid (Gus Dur)’ s allegations that certain
military area [Kodam] commanders were rallying their forces in opposition to
him
has worried Commander Military Area V/Brawijaya Maj-Gen Sudi Silalahi. When
‘Jawa Pos’ visited his home on No 100 Darmo Street last night [14th March], he
vowed that he had never been involved in any of the activities alluded to by
Gus
Dur. “I would be sinning if I had any evil intentions towards the president.
But
But if I am being defamed, I leave it to Almighty God to know what is really
in
his servant’s heart”, he said…

Sudi Silalahi acknowledged his shock at Gus Dur’s comments. He said that if
the comments had been directed at him, the accusations were absolutely untrue.
Somebody was damaging his reputation by giving the president false
information.
“I don’t think any Kodam commanders are acting against President Gus Dur,” he
said. The Batak-born general, who speaks fluent high Javanese, expressed deep
admiration for Gus Dur’s government because it was both democratic and
legitimate…

He inferred that the president’s comment was directed at him because “the
caller was from East Java, so people would certainly conclude that the East
Java
Kodam commander was being referred to”.

Fearing the spread of false information, Sudi Silalahi had immediately
telephoned Jakarta. He spoke to TNI Deputy Commander Lt-Gen Fachrul Razi and
Chief of Army Staff Gen Tyasno Sudarto about the TVRI programme…

Were the comments made because of Sudi’s close relationship with Wiranto
[‘Jawa Pos’ asked the commander]? According to Sudi, he was close to Wiranto
when he was the TNI commander and Sudi was on his staff. “I was on his staff.
How could we not be close? But that closeness should not be seen in a negative
way. It was merely based on the relationship between a leader and his
underlings,” he said… “Proof of my loyalty [to the military leadership,
including the Supreme Commander] is that I never had any contact with Wiranto
after he was no longer armed forces commander.”

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Indonesia, East Timor, West Papua and Aceh

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