The Straits Times
Published on Sep 11, 2012

Indonesia announces deradicalisation programme


JAKARTA (AFP) - Indonesia is stepping up efforts to combat religious radicalism, officials said on Tuesday, after a spate of terror-related incidents, but analysts accused the government of churning out empty rhetoric.

Vice President Boediono announced a "deradicalisation" programme involving 24 government ministries and agencies after a closed-door meeting with ministers and counter-terrorism experts.

"This deradicalisation blueprint must certainly be comprehensive to achieve our goals," he said on his website, without giving details.

Officials said the programme is still being worked out and is expected to be implemented next year.