No need to relocate Bintan Spartan Race

Mr Chan Whye Shiung ("Relocate Bintan Spartan Race"; Aug 9) has expressed concern about the safety and security of Singaporean and foreign participants in the Bintan Spartan Race, as terrorists plotting an attack on Singapore were arrested in Batam, a part of Indonesia known for its proximity to Bintan.

Indonesia has extensive experience in the field of counterterrorism, and is committed to combating terrorism in all its forms.

To achieve this objective, the Indonesian National Police closely monitors the movement of terrorists and suspicious people in Indonesian territory, and coordinates its efforts with counterparts from the Singapore Police Force and other police forces in the region.

Their efforts are geared towards preventing any terrorist attacks from occurring.

Hence, the thwarting of the plot to attack Singapore is a clear example of success on the part of the Indonesian National Police and a sign that security is constantly a priority.

It is distressing to see that terrorist attacks can occur in any part of the world, including developed countries.

Therefore, a change of venue for international events, such as the Bintan Spartan Race, out of fear could be perceived as playing into the hands of the terrorists.

The Indonesian National Police is on constant alert and is committed to ensuring the safety and security of Indonesian nationals and foreigners visiting Batam, Bintan and other parts of Indonesia.

Many international events attended by eminent people, including high-ranking officials and ambassadors, have successfully been carried out in Bintan safely.

Therefore, we should strengthen our efforts to jointly address this security issue, as what the governments of Indonesia and Singapore have continually been doing.

Adhyanti Sardanarini Wirajuda (Ms)
First Secretary (Political)
Embassy of Indonesia in Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on August 17, 2016, with the headline 'No need to relocate Bintan Spartan Race'. Print Edition | Subscribe