Immigration increases surveillance of foreigners ahead of WSBK

Immigration increases surveillance of foreigners ahead of WSBK

Pertamina Mandalika International Circuit. (ANTARA/HO/rst)

Praya, Lombok Tengah (ANTARA) - The Mataram Immigration Checkpoint (TPI) has increased its supervision of foreigners ahead of the World Superbike (WSBK) championship at the Pertamina Mandalika Circuit in Central Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara, on November 19-21.

The step was taken as a precautionary measure against security disturbances and to support the motorcycle racing activity.

"The Foreigners Surveillance Team (Timpora) will be ready to address security issues during WSBK at the Mandalika International Street Circuit," Subsection Head of Enforcement at the Immigration Office Class I in TPI Mataram, Reza Mulyawan, stated on Wednesday.

In order to welcome the 2021 Asian Talent Cup (IATC) and WSBK, the Mataram Immigration Office has held a monitoring meeting on foreigners with Timpora in Lombok.

"We want to coordinate with all parties, including the National Police, Indonesia Defence Forces (TNI), and Timpora as well, to prevent security disturbances during WSBK," Mulyawan added.

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Apart from foreigners, security issues may arise with regard to domestic tourists, as WSBK's spectators also come from several regions in Indonesia, he noted.

He later remarked that the Mataram Immigration Office did not have direct contact with foreigners since they were scheduled to land at the Soekarno-Hatta Airport in Jakarta.

Mulyawan noted that his side had to coordinate with all stakeholders in Central Lombok to avoid any issues from surfacing during WSBK.

"We need to coordinate because when the problem occurred, then we determine which course of action to take. We need data on foreigners coming for WSBK," he remarked.

He also reminded the Timpora to optimize security prevention during WSBK, considering that Central Lombok is currently the hub of the racing competition.

To this end, he expects this activity to be able to strengthen synergy among Timpora members to ensure the success of the WSBK event and encourage economic growth in the community.

"We hope the community would help to support WSBK to boost our economic growth," he added. 

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