Tanjungpinang (ANTARA) (ANTARA) – Indonesia and Singapore plan to conduct a joint search and rescue (SAR) exercise in handling aviation accidents in September 2019, Director for Preparedness of Indonesia’s Search and Rescue Agency (Basarnas) Didi Hamzar stated here, Wednesday.
To be held at Tanjungpinang’s area of Riau Islands Province, this joint SAR exercise is deemed crucial for both nations’ SAR agencies in their joint endeavor to anticipate aviation accidents that could take place at any time, he remarked.
To this end, the representatives of Indonesia and Singapore‘s SAR agencies discussed all requisite matters for preparing the joint drill at the “Sarex Coordination Meeting XXXVII/2019” in Batam City held from July 8 to July 12, he revealed.
The joint drill is part of the implementation of bilateral cooperation between Indonesia and Singapore that a geographical proximity, and it is expected to improve the capabilities of both nations’ SAR workers in handling disasters, Hamzar noted.
In the meantime, Director of Singapore‘s Air Traffic Service Division Rosly Md Saad emphasized that the rescue mission would remain his country’s priority as a precautionary measure against untoward aviation accidents in the areas of both nations.
Indonesia’s rescue workers have always upheld high levels of professionalism. Apart from Indonesia’s reputable rescue team, the principle of safety first has strongly been vouched by Vice President Kalla.
Hence, that principle should constantly be prioritized as it, indeed, mirrors the interests of Indonesians and foreign visitors keen on travelling to cities and towns within the archipelago.
Referring to the Ministry of Tourism’s statistical data, Australia, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Malaysia, India, the United States, Taiwan, and European countries were the top 10 contributors of foreign tourists to Indonesia.