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Protests Over Unlicensed Chinese Guides Continue in Bali
Beritabali.com reports that licensed Mandarin Speaking guides working in Bali as member of the Indonesian Guide Association (HPI-Bali) are persisting in their calls for the government to take firm action against illegal foreign guides.

On Monday April 30, 2018, a group from HPI-Bali visited the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) to ask lawmakers why police and immigration authorities appear reluctant to fully prosecute a physical attack on one of their members by an illegal Chinese guide or the deport guide who was working illegally in Bali.

A representative of HPI-Bali, Radio Fridsel, accompanied by legal representatives told the press: “Until now, our demands have received no response from the Police Precinct of Kuta or Immigration. Because of this, we are endeavoring to bring this problem encountered by HPI-Bali and its Mandarin-speaking division directly to the chairman of the DPRD-Bali.”

During the meeting in the office of the chairman of the DPRD-Bali, Nyoman Adi Wiryatama, the First Secretary of the Mandarin speaking Division of HPI-Bali Benny Fonda explained that his group has prepared a detailed dossier of evidence proving violations of the law by a Chinese National working illegally in Bali.

Continuing, Fonda said: “In this regard we ask that the government assume a stronger stance in dealing with foreign workers. Don’t let (this case) give birth to even larger issues. The fact is that we are not looking for mean to discredit the government. We support the government.”

Wiryatama, on behalf of the DPRD-Bali, expressed his concern over the report of illegal guides working in Bali. Adding: “We are concerned that criminal acts against tourism workers are occurring, especially (crimes) committed by Chinese tourists working as guides. This is just not right.”

“In the future we will invite all component including HPI, the Association of Indonesian Travel Agents (ASITA), law enforcement, and immigration to get on track,” said Wiryatama.

At the same time, the lawmaker called on the police and immigration to take firm action against the Chinese guide accused of working illegally and assaulting a local guide.

As reported on Balidiscovery.com, Edy (36), a local Chinese-speaking guide was attacked on Thursday evening, April 5, 2018, at 9:30 pm by a gang member and who attacked Edy while reportedly in the pay of Ahui, a Chinese working illegally as a guide in Bali.

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