Governor Urges Balinese People to Remain Calm over Australia’s Threats
As Indonesia is set to execute two Bali Nine members, Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika has urged his people to remain calm over Australia’s threat to boycott the resort island’s tourism industry.
“Please remain calm. It (the execution) will not be a problem, and I believe that it will not badly affect Bali’s tourism industry. This case is related to our nation’s sovereignty and dignity,” he told journalists on Monday.
“The Australian Government is expected to act maturely. I hope the Australian Government and people will understand it is a legal matter. We cannot do anything,” he said.
When asked about some sections in social media networks in Australia urging fellow citizens to boycott Bali’s tourism industry if Myuran Sukumaran (33) and Andrew Chan (31) are executed, Mangku Pastika said he did not believe that Bali will be boycotted.
“It is only a discourse, I don’t believe it. If it is (the boycott is) true, then it’s their right to do so. However, every country has its own sovereignty, respect, and dignity,” he added.
According to Made Mangku Pastika, former chief of the National Narcotics Agency, the Australian Government will not boycott Indonesia for matters related to drug trafficking.
“Drugs are dangerous for us and for our generations,” he said, adding that drug trafficking has cost Indonesia trillions of rupiah in the form of material and human losses.
Indonesia had recently executed six drug convicts as part of its serious efforts to combat drug trafficking in the country.
Vice-President Jusuf Kalla recently assured that the execution of foreign convicts for drug offenses will not affect Indonesia’s bilateral ties with their respective countries.
Meanwhile, the penitentiary in Denpasar, Bali, has provided psychologists to help in case death convicts from Australia Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran need their counseling ahead of their execution.
“We have prepared psychologists from local state Udayana University and Sanglah regional hospital for the two death convicts,” head of the penitentiary, Sudjonggo, said on Tuesday.
He said psychological counseling would be given in case the convicts need it.
Right now however psychological conditions of the two convicts are still normal and they still conduct activities as usual. “In case development happens disrupting their mental state before their transfer we will conduct examination,” he added.
Ahead of their transfer to a maximum security prison on the island of Nusakambangan off Central Java before execution is done the Indonesian military (TNI) has prepared its Sukhoi fighter planes to escort their transfer.Filed under: Headlines