Jakarta – A heartwarming moment was seen when Defense Minister Prabowo Subianto hugged TNI commander Gen. Andika Perkasa and Army Chief of Staff (KSAD) Gen. Dudung Abdurachman during a closed-door working meeting with the House Committee I on Monday (26/9) to discuss the military budget for the 2023 fiscal year.
It instantly quelled the rumor of a discord between the two top generals, and with arms raised, showed that TNI remains solid. The military top brass appeared to express their gratitude for Prabowo’s endeavor to heal the rumored rift when the TNI commander, KSAD, Chief of the Naval Staff (KSAL) and Chief of the Air Staff (KSAU) simultaneously saluted Prabowo after the meeting was dismissed.
The rumor of discord between Gen. Andika and Gen. Dudung came up after member of the House Committee I Effendi Simbolon raised his concern that the two have not been getting along because Gen. Dudung’s son failed to get into the military academy. (rr)