Mandalika WSBK Controversy, Circuit Construction Allegedly Violating Human Rights and Alleged Illegal “Unboxing” of Motorcycle Boxes
The Mandalika 2021 World Superbike (WSBK) event in Lombok, West Nusa Tenggara (NTB) was tarnished due to an alleged illegal unboxing incident during the motorcycle box inspection process. During the inspection process carried out by the Mataram Customs and Excise team, there were also irresponsible individuals who had approached the motorbike and recorded videos without permission. The person also uploaded a video that he recorded on his YouTube channel called “Soul Kuta Lombok” Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) and the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) as the organizing committee regretting the incident during the inspection of the WSBK logistics cargo.
However, long before the incident, the WSBK Mandalika event had also become controversial because the construction of the Mandalika project, which included the construction of a Grand Prix motorcycle racing circuit, hotel, and golf course, was under the spotlight of UN human rights experts. The project is considered to violate human rights. summarizes the two controversies that have colored the journey of the WSBK Mandalika event, starting from the construction of a circuit that allegedly violates human rights due to annexing community land and the video incident of the Ducati team’s motorcycle box inspection. The construction of the circuit allegedly violated the human rights of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Extreme Poverty and Human Rights, Olivier De Schutter, in April 2021 and assessed that the US$3 billion project violated human rights.
This is because the development of The Mandalika area is carried out by displacing and seizing the land of the local community. Farmers and fishermen were evicted from their lands and experienced destruction of homes, fields, water sources, cultural and religious sites, as the Indonesian government and the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) prepared The Mandalika to become the “New Bali”.
Based on reports from sources owned by Olivier, the people who were victims of evictions had not received any compensation and compensation from the government at that time. “Credible sources found that local residents were subjected to threats and intimidation and were forcibly evicted from their land without compensation. Despite these findings, ITDC has not attempted to pay compensation or resolve land disputes,” said Olivier De Schutter as quoted by Kompas.com from the OHCHR page, Tuesday (06/4/2021). The process of land acquisition for the Mandalika Circuit area was also marked by rejection by a number of residents, on Sunday (13/9/2020). As is known, the construction of the MotoGP Circuit in Mandalika is hampered by land acquisition. Residents say that the Indonesia Tourism Development Corporation (ITDC) has not paid for their land which is included in the circuit construction plan. The alleged illegal unboxing incident Ducati motorcycle box The motorsport media correspondent, Speedweek, reported videos and photos containing the alleged illegal unloading of a Ducati motorcycle cargo box. The demolition activity, whose video has been circulating in cyberspace, has become a problem because in fact cargo and logistics boxes should not be opened and published publicly. Read also: Ducati Cargo Unloaded Illegally in Mandalika, Pi Commission X leader: Shame. Only a few parties were allowed to open the cargo box, including the Customs representative and the team itself. Responding to the incident, in a statement, the Mandalika Grand Prix Association (MGPA) explained that the unloading of the Ducati motorcycle cargo box was part of the inspection procedure. MGPA also emphasized that the logistics cargo inspection process from each team had been carried out according to the procedure. Related parties such as Customs and Freight Forwarders carry out inspections accompanied by Dorna Sport and MGPA. “Logistics cargo checks are carried out according to regulations, have received permission and are accompanied by Dorna during the process,” said MGPA President Director Ricky Baheramsjah in a press release received by Kompas.com. “The involvement of the Freight Forwarder received permission from Dorna Sport and Customs to open the crate and inspect it because it needed to take the chassis number,” said Ricky.
For that (because of the need to take the chassis number), they got special permission from Dorna Sport to open the crate to check the contents of the cargo.” In this case, MGPA regrets more that someone approached the motorbike, took a video, and published it, causing a misunderstanding. The person concerned is known to be a YouTube user named “Soul Kuta Lombok”. He has admitted to being the party who uploaded the video. He said that when the picture was taken, the motorbike was already open. “The motorbike was unboxed by Customs and Excise to check the completeness of the documents,” he wrote apologetically. “I was wrong to have videoed the checking process … thank you for reminding and giving a very valuable lesson in my life. I really didn’t know this shouldn’t be published. My live video is private a few hours after being uploaded,” he wrote.