Governor of Bali calls on security agencies to prevent ISIS

Governor of Bali calls on security agencies to prevent ISIS

Made Mangku Pastika. ((ANTARA/Nyoman Budhiana))

Until now, we have not received any reports of ISIS development in Denpasar."
Denpasar, Bali (ANTARA News) - Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has urged security agencies in the region to be proactive and take early-detection efforts with regard to preventing entry of Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) ideology and network.

"Security agencies have intelligence, community-based security, and guidance units, which we hope will remain proactive to conduct early detection. Early detention and early prevention are the most important efforts," he reported after attending a plenary session of the regional legislative assembly on revised 2014 regional budget here on Monday.

He expressed hope that the traditional village council as well as interfaith relations forum and interethnic associations in the island will act and move to prevent entry of ISIS ideology and network.

Mangku Pastika, who is also a former Bali regional police command chief, stated that he had already conducted coordination with other parties concerned and will conduct periodical meetings with regard to increasing alertness.

The ruling Democrat Party faction in the legislative assembly, meanwhile, had called on the local governments, law enforcement elements, and community members to take preventive and proactive measures to curb any movement aimed at supporting ISIS ideology.

"All parties must take anticipatory measures and be alert toward ISIS ideology and must not let it change the Unitary State of Indonesia (NKRI), which has so far been safeguarded by the countrys founders based on the 1945 Constitution," Democrat Party faction member I Wayan Adnyana said reading the partys stance at the meeting.

The faction has also demanded a special allocation of funds for security in the 2014 revised budget to support monitoring efforts to prevent any eventuality linked to ISIS that could disrupt Balis security, he said.

The chief of the Denpasar police resort in Bali has confirmed that so far no ISIS activity had been detected in the island.

"Until now, we have not received any reports of ISIS development in Denpasar," Denpasar police chief Senior Commissioner Djoko Hariutomo said recently.

Terrorists had carried out bomb attacks in Bali in 2002 and 2005, killing over 200 people, including foreigners, in the first attack, while more than twenty people had died in the second attack.

Indonesia has rejected propagation of the ISIS ideology in the country because it runs contrary to "Pancasila," chief security minister Djoko Suyanto noted.

"The government and the state condemn and will not allow the ideology of ISIS, which has now turned into IS (Islamic State), to develop in Indonesia because it runs in opposition to the state ideology of Pancasila and the principle of unity in diversity under the Unitary State of Indonesia," he stated at a press conference following a limited cabinet meeting on August 4.

(Reported by Ni Luh Rhismawati/Uu.H-YH/INE/KR-BSR/F001)

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