As Bali is getting ready to host the G-20 Summit this November, local officials say they are preparing to prevent any terror attacks on the Island of Gods – including tightening the security measures around kos-kosan (boarding homes).
The resort island, currently enjoying an increase in international tourist arrivals after relaxing its travel restrictions, was devastated by two terror attacks in the past. The 2002 Bali bombings claimed the lives of 202 people, while the second attack three years later took 20 lives.
Bali Vice Governor Tjokorda Oka Ardhana Sukawati, who is known by his nickname Cok Ace, said the provincial government would increase their supervision toward boarding homes as they are often used by terrorists as hiding places.
“[We] learned from previous experience. The first and second Bali bombings, indeed those [boarding homes] are prone areas,” he said in Kuta.
Balinese traditional security officers, locally known as pecalang, are going to collect data from visitors who wish to stay at local boarding homes, Cok Ace said. In addition, it will be obligatory for guests to report themselves to the authorities upon arrival.
Cok Ace conceded that collecting data and information from boarding homes were often overlooked by the authorities.
“For the future, [the supervision] will be tighter,” he added.
The G-20 Summit is scheduled to take place on Nov. 15-16.