JAKARTA - President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono said the state would never bow or give in to criminals, including terrorists.
"I have indeed heard that some people are planning to attack us while we are commemorating the independence anniversary. It is not impossible that some people might have such an intention of conducting an inappropriate activity like that," he said in Jakarta, Wednesday (Aug.11).
He said he hoped the threat would not reduce the spirit to commemorate the independence anniversary on August 17.
"What is important is the police (and) the TNI (military) increase security measures and we raise our alertness. After that let everything run as usual because the state must not give in to criminals," he said.
President Yudhoyono said terrorism is a sensitive issue in Indonesia. "We know in our country this is a sensitive issue because some of us often misunderstand with regard to law enforcers' action about it," he said.
In view of that, he said, efforts to deal with terrorism must be taken in a correct and professional way and clarified to the public.
President Yudhoyono in the meeting asked the National Police chief to explain about the recent terrorism case.
Ahead of his visit to Bandung, West Java, over the weekend President Yudhoyono disclosed about certain parties having bad intention. However he said that terrorism would never prevail.
The police on Saturday arrested some terrorist suspects in several places in West Java including Bandung.
Early on Monday morning they also arrested Islamic cleric Abubakar Baasyir in Banjar, Ciamis, West Java, for his alleged involvement in terrorism.