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Mister, Money, Please

Denpasar Officials Campaigns to Stop People from Giving Money to Roadside Beggars

(1/19/2014) The Social Work and Manpower Agency for the municipality of Denpasar have installed banners at key intersections across South Bali asking the public and island visitors not to give hand outs to street side beggars.

Erwin Suryadarma Sena who heads Denpasar’s Manpower Agency told NusaBali, “Entering 2014 we will continue to control beggars by installing banners and billboards against their activities.” Suryadarma said the campaign was necessary to remove beggars from Bali’s streets and in order avoid creating a coming generation with a lazy mentality.”

The Social Works Agency in 2013 rounded and returned to their home areas 53 Javanese beggars hailing from Bondowoso (20), Jember (4), Banyuwangi (18), Madura (3), Blitar (1), Sitobondo (6) and Lumajang (1). Balineses beggars sent back to their home villages totaled 149 originating from Munti Gunung (54), Pedahan (87) and Trunyan in Kintamani (8).

The theme of many of the banners implores the public not to destroy the mentality of the young with money.