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Beware of Dutchman Bearing Cameras
Busy Dutch Undercover Journalist Files Damning Coverage of Bali Traffic Police, Money Changers and Customs Officials
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Kees Van Der Spek, a Dutch investigative journalist, is at the center of growing controversy over three separate and very explosive videos now going viral– each depicting Bali's tourism industry in a most unfavorable light.
The first video that surfaced was apparently recorded several months ago at a busy traffic intersection in Kerobokan, Bali. Using concealed microphones and multiple hidden cameras, the Dutch journalist managed to capture a very amiable but no less corrupt traffic cop extorting Rp. 200,000 (US$20) for the journalists for his failure to wear the required helmet or bring a valid driving license.
The two Balinese policemen, later identified as 2nd Police Inspector Komang Sari and his assistant Brigadier Putu Indra Jaya, have been formally relieved from duty pending their processing through a complex legal and administrative review.
In the film, the unfailingly polite policeman Indra Jaya takes a bribe while engaging in a jocular conversation with the Dutchman, even treating the tourist to a cold beer caught on film and an invitation to drive for the rest of the day without a helmet or a license on “his street.”
Video 1 : Corruption Police in Bali
Video 2 : Fraud to tourists in Bali
Video 3 : Bribes to customs officials Ngurah Rai Airport
The spokesman for the Bali Police, Hariadi, confirmed to the State News Agency that the police caught on film are undoing investigation. Meanwhile, the head of the Badung Police Precinct where the two officers are assigned told the press that the film was made some five months ago
Police have confirmed that the policemen have been taken into custody in keeping with instructions issued by the Bali Chief of Police General Arif Wachyunadi.
Cut to a Quiet Side Street in Kuta . . .
As the corrupt policeman video was going viral, Van Der Spek launched a second video via YouTube this time documenting the thieving shenanigans and sleight-of-hand practiced at several corrupt moneychangers. Confronting moneychanger staff captured on film siphoning off a few bills, one of the shots shows a moneychanger demonstrating for the Dutchman how he steals currency notes - all filmed while he man stood in front of the official logo of the Association of the Foreign Exchange Dealers (APVA).
Cut to Bali’s Airport . . .
A third video, also recorded by Van Der Spek on a concealed camera at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport, showed a uniformed officer receiving a fistful of currency via a handshake from Van Der Spek in order to speed the inspection process.
Upon hearing of the video made at Bali’s airport, the head of the Ngurah Rai Customs Office, Made Wijaya, told Beritabali.com that he immediately formed an investigative team to determine if his staff were involved in receiving corrupt payments, pledging to punish any customs officers proven to be involved in illegal acts.
Bali Tourism Responds
Ignoring that at least one of the moneychangers caught on film was a APVA member, the head of the Bali Chapter of the Indonesian Association of Tourism (GIPI-Bali), Ngurah Wijaya has told the press: ”We have repeatedly revealed to the government the actions of dishonest moneychangers, asking authorities to undertake sweeping actions against unlicensed money changers. It is those money changers that are unlicensed who have the potential to commit fraud.”
Wijaya did add that if the latest fraud took place at a licensed money changer the operation should be closed.