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Slow to Anger

Baliís Governor Urges Calm after Sumbawa Unrest

(1/27/2013) Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika has asked the Balinese people not to be provoked by civil unrest taking place in nearby Sumbawa that has caused many Balinese people to flee Sumbawa seeking safety in Bali.

The governor took pains to underline that the unrest occurring in Sumbawa was not ethnically based, but due to a misunderstanding.

As reported by Beritabali.com, Pastika said on Friday, January 25, 2013 that he hoped the people of Bali would not be overcome by anger, for anger will only further complicate the situation. What’s more important, the governor insisted, is that the stronger law enforcement is put in place so such situations can not happen again in the future.

“Firmness is most important. If there is a violation of the law, the case must go forward to the judicial process. This is what I said on the day the incident occurred (the unrest in Sumbawa), when I called the Chief of Police for West Nusa Tenggara and then the Governor. I hope everyone remains calm, although we are all concerned and upset,” urged Pastika.

Pastika said that it was equally important in the current situation to safeguard Bali and prevent the kind of unrest that occurred in Sumbawa from taking place on the Islandi. The Governor added that Bali must become an example to the world on how to foster peace.

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