DENPASAR ~ Bali Police chief Sutisna said this week the port of Gilimanuk did not have the expensive equipment needed to find explosives undetectable by x-ray scans in freight or vehicles arriving from Java.
“The equipment costs hundreds of millions of rupiah. Polda [Bali Police] do not have money to buy it. We have only operational funding,” he said.
Sutisna said he had discussed the matter with Governor I Made Mangku Pastika, himself a former Bali Police chief and the man who led the hunt for the 2002 bombers here.
The governor had set aside Rp10 billion (US$1 million) from the provincial budget for spending on security.
“The governor strongly supports getting the right equipment. But we do not want to be given money to buy it,” he said.
It was better if it was supplied as part of the police’s operational equipment.
“I would like to work in a professional manner to optimise the security of Bali,” he said.
Police at Gilimanuk, reinforced by antiterrorism unit Densus 88 members, are enforcing a strict search-everything policy.
Extra surveillance patrols are also working on the busy highway between Gilimanuk and Denpasar.