Denpasar: Two foreign nationals from Poland who camped on Purnama Beach, Gianyar, Bali, during Nyepi or Silent Day were handed over to the Denpasar Immigration Office by Sukawati Police officers. The foreigners with the initials KG (39) and BKW (25) have been asked to purchase tickets to return to their countries.
"We have contacted the Polish Embassy regarding the return of the two foreigners. Of course, we will deport them," said the Head of Denpasar Immigration Office, Tedy Riandi, Thursday (23/3/2023).
KG and BKW went viral on social media for camping during the Hindu Bali sacred silent day. When the pecalang (religious community guards) on duty advised the tourists, KG got emotional and answered arrogantly. The two of them camped at Purnama Beach, Sukawati Village/District, Gianyar Regency, using a tent placed in a pavilion belonging to the Sukawati Traditional Village. They were camping when the Pecalang of Sukawati Traditional Village monitored the Erjeruk Temple area and Purnama Beach around 09.30 WITA (Central Indonesian Time).
The pecalang then reported the incident to the Head of Bendesa (traditional community) Sukawati Village and the Head of the Sukawati Village. The incident was also reported to the Sukawati Police. Bendesa and the Head of Sukawati Village also requested that the two foreigners be secured.
"If shortly the two of them do not provide their return ticket, Immigration will hand them over to the Denpasar Immigration Detention Center (Rudenim)," continued Tedy.
The two foreign tourists plan to cross Padangbai Harbor to West Nusa Tenggara (NTB), then Australia. However, they admitted that no transportation could take them.
They also admitted they did not have a place to live, so they built a tent there. They claim to have run out of supplies.
Reporter: Ajeng Rahma Safitri
Editor: Muhammad Fijar Sulistyo