Jayapura, Jubi – The House of Representatives said the military should expand its base in Biak to anticipate security problems in eastern Indonesia.
“I support the Indonesian Military to build a bigger base to secure Indonesian territory. If we can see the potential of the Asia Pacific is better, we can mobilize our armament here, then we can obtain recognition in the Pacific,” the Deputy Chairman of the Indonesian House of Representatives, Fahri Hamzah, during a visit in Biak Numfor, Papua on Saturday (31/10/2015).
A larger military base could also serve as a a deterrence against outside threats
“Of course (to remind) the United States will find out who’s in charge and dominate our territory,” he said.
He said several countries in the Asia Pacific region such as Fiji, Solomon, Vanuatu might already have connection with the United States. “But to build the Military Base in Biak is to give our signal to them as well as business providers that Eastern Indonesia is safe for investment,” said this politician.
In addition, he also proposed the Indonesian Military to conduct a military exercise in Biak although regarding to accommodation it might be difficult.
“I propose the military to hold the exercise here. If we conduct the military exercise in the eastern region, it will more positive. Indeed we have the vital region such as Jakarta where located in the Java Island, but if we talked about the exercise, we cannot do it in the western region, but we can do in the area where people is less populated and widespread land. I also propose to celebration of the Military’s Anniversary could be held in Biak, Papua,” he told. (*/rom)