The Jakarta Post , Jakarta | Thu, 12/24/2009
Army chief of staff Gen. George Tuisutta told the Jakarta Military Command on Thursday to stay alert amid the heightening political tensions in the capital.
Tuisutta said that the freedom of expression had been missused by some parties, which could endanger security.
"Democracy is not implemented in the right way in our lives as a nation," Tuisutta said in his written message to celebrate the Jakarta Military command's 60th anniversary.
In his written statement read by Jakarta Military commander Maj. Gen. Darpito Pudyastungkoro, Tuisutta noted that certain groups had been misusing democracy for their political interests.
"We don't need to join the practical politics that could endanger ourselves and the army. Therefore, I ask each unit commander to give understanding to their soldiers about the current national situation, so that they could better anticipate if something is to happen," he said.
He made the statement amid the heightening political tension following the current political investigation into the Bank Century scandal.