Bali Government Asks All Communities to Reject ISIS


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.

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika also called on the local chapter of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) to assist in thwarting the entry of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) into the paradise island.

“Many Indonesian people come to find jobs in Bali because the area is safe for them. Therefore, we hope that MUI can help prevent the ISIS radical movement from entering the island province,” the governor noted.

Pastika stated that he gave serious attention to the security situation in Bali due to the large population of Muslims on the island.

In his response to Pastika’s request, local MUI Chairman HM Taufiq As’adi emphasized that he will implement several measures to prevent the ISIS from entering Bali.

“To do this, we will gather all Muslim clerics and preachers here and encourage them not to follow any of the ISIS activities,” Taufiq remarked.

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.

Bali Deputy Governor, Ketut Sudikerta has asked all communities and people to reject the presence of the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) as it opposes the Indonesian Unitary State’s ideology.

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