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The Art of Internecine Warfare

Was Governor Pastika Politically Ostracized by Regent of Tabanan, Bali?

(2/16/2013) Kompas.com reports that Bali’s governor, Made Mangku Pastika, is barred form making formal visits and undertaking any official duties within the regency of Tabanan.

Pastika told the press that the embargo on official visits to Tabanan was discovered when plans went array to hand over agricultural implements to farmers in the village of Pakedungan in Tabanan on Friday, February 8, 2013.

For reasons that remain unclear, Pastika was not allowed to visit the village, causing his official delegation to suddenly divert to the village of Cemagi in the Badung Regency.

At the time of his “expulsion” from Pakedungan, Pastika says he heard “news” from his staff in the provincial government that the Governor was banned from undertaking any activities in the Tabanan Regency of Bali.

“I am concerned and saddened, how can this happen? Only in order to bar Pastika from entering that area, all official duties of the governor are no longer allowed in Tabanan,” said the governor when speaking at a press conference at his office on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

The Governor, who once served as the Chief of Police for Bali, said he smelled political motivations in his banning from Tabanan in the period leading up to the Gubernatorial elections set for May 2013.

“I am concerned and saddened because of these obvious efforts for political ends that will in the end only hurt the people,” Pastika explained.

Pastika, who ran under Democratic Party for Development (PDI-P) in 2008, has switch parties and become a coalition candidate of the Democratic Party, Golkar and 7 other parties for the 2013 race.

Suspicions exists in come circles that Pastika’s political migration has embittered the leadership of PDI-P and its leader, former Indonesian President Megawati Soekarnoputri

The Regent of Tabanan Responds

Separately, reported by Seputarbali.com, the regent of Tabanan, Ni Putu Eka Wiryastuti, is vehemently denying the governor’s allegations that he has been banned by her administration from performing his official duties in Tabanan. Bali’s only female regent is blaming the entire incident on miscommunication. “I think the whole thing is being blown out of proportion. If there has been a misunderstanding, let’s just clarify matters. Don’t go running immediately to the media,” admonished Eka Wiryastuti on Tuesday, February 12, 2013.

Wiryastuti, who is from the PDI-P party, dismissed suggestions that she is in any way limiting the activities of the Governor in her region. She pointed out that in the past the Governor has made a number of visits to Tabanan without incident.

Urging that all parties safeguard the conductivity of daily activities in the various regions of Bali in the heightened political temperature prior to the May 15, 2013 election, Eka urged that every development and incident not be immediately linked to political interests and motives, as this will only hurt the public.