Jakarta. Chief of anti-drug movement Granat, Henry Yosodiningrat, has welcomed a government plan to promote the head of the National Narcotics Agency, or BNN, to a ministerial level position.
Henry, a lawmaker with Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P), said the move demonstrates a seriousness in fighting against drug abuse.
"This may be momentum for BNN and the police to manage the overlapping authority. All BNN and police personnel should accept it gracefully,” Henry said in Jakarta on Saturday (12/03).
With the new position, Henry hopes BNN will become stronger and better supported by the community — similar to the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK), widely considered to be among the most popular public institution.
The greater visibility of the agency will also increase public awareness on the dangers of narcotics.
"The KPK can be strong and popular, as it has greater authority. It makes corruptors afraid. We also hope the BNN has greater authority to strike fear in the [drug] cartels," Henry said.
Henry said it is urgent to establish a political position for the BNN chief so they cannot be overshadowed by the chief of Police.
“If the head of BNN is a four-star [general], it will become a problem. I think the Narcotics Law should be revised as so far, BNN Chief should be from the police,” he said.
He suggested a vetting process similar to the KPK for potential BNN heads, before being submitted to the House. The track records of future candidates should also be announced publicly to maintain transparency, he said.