Indeed, many foreign figures that have come to Bali and spent holidays. They are ranging from world-class artists, actors and movie actresses, sportsmen, politicians, presidents and so forth. They come, spend holidays and return to their respective countries. Probably there is a few ‘frenzies’ when they will come and have been in Bali. Certainly their
Indeed, many foreign figures that have come to Bali and spent holidays. They are ranging from world-class artists, actors and movie actresses, sportsmen, politicians, presidents and so forth. They come, spend holidays and return to their respective countries. Probably there is a few ‘frenzies’ when they will come and have been in Bali.
Certainly their arrival gets great attention. Conversely, their arrivals are even not monitored. Their arrival is incognito. It is then known to the public when they have uploaded their holidays to social media. Of course, they go to Bali just for a vacation, not for business or for media coverage. They want to find serenity so they need to be treated as ordinary citizen in general. They want to have a promenade without being disrupted, so that no one considers if they are celebrity or very important person.
It could be like that. But sometimes, there is a special treatment because this has something to do with safety matters. It also involves the reputation as well as responsibility of the host country. For the class of celebrities, it is okay. Athlete of the world does not matter when mingling with local community. However, it is not for the head of state, president, prime minister or others. For the ‘ordinary’ head of state, it is okay not to be too tight.
Mick Jagger or Julia Roberts, for example, can have a promenade leisurely without the need for extra tight security. Many people know but only a look, say hello or perhaps now will ask for a selfie. Certainly, this will not be intended for a very special guest. Balinese people are very friendly. Otherwise, Rudolf Bonnet, Le Mayeur, Walter Spies and others would not get interested to come.
Similarly, the other heads of state such as President Josip Broz Tito (Yugoslavia), President Ho Chi Minh (Vietnam), Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru (India), Prime Minister Nikita Khrushchev (USSR), Queen Juliana and Prince Bernhard (the Netherlands), Crown Prince Akihito and Princess Michiko (Japan), President Ne Win (Burma), Prince Norodom Sihanouk (Cambodia), and the UN Secretary General Javier Perez de Cuellar will not come to Bali. They will never set foot in Bali if the island is just ‘an ordinary’ one. Definitely, there are very attractive things so that they come and enjoy the beauty of the island.
That is why His Majesty the King of Saudi Arabia Salman bin Abdulaziz al-Saud considered it necessary to extend his holidays in Bali. With a very large entourage, approximately 1,500 people and the support of hundreds of tons of logistics and other devices, this indicates that this very special guest has been really fallen in love. Apparently it is not difficult to feel, know and then decide that the noble entourage of the Arabian Peninsula indeed pays special attention to Bali. It seems no doubt. Some sons of King Salman are also reported to have come for several times to Bali.
What can be drawn as an important matter? Actually the same lesson can be learned from a variety of travelers that have come to Bali. Indeed Bali has a magnet. Therefore, let us maintain, guard and take care of the magnet so that the strength will not fade away. There are many ways we can do. One of which is caring for this island. King Salman has taught us a lot of how we should do more so that we do not only love but also feel for. Indications of the king guarding the two holy cities of Mecca and Medina are so clear. Diversity in race, ethnicity, religion and class is not a reason not to love. There is a sense of universal equality in loving and feeling for the creations of the Almighty. Have a nice holiday, His Majesty King Salman! (Gde Palgunadi, email@example.com)