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Record Level Fines Imposed on Illegal Guides Arrested in Gianyar, Bali

Six unlicensed guides were brought before the District Court in the Regency of Gianyar on Wednesday, November 21, 2018, after being caught leading tours without holding the proper tour guide license issued by the Province of Bali.

BaliPost.com says the six men were apprehended at the Pura Puseh in Batuan by Regency Enforcement Officials (Satpol PP). Reflecting a new “get tough” approach, each of the illegal guides were fined between Rp. 25 million – Rp. 30 million.

The four men were stopped in the course of leading a tour group and were unable to present the proper personal identification and guide’s license. In order to obtain a guide’s license a detailed set of tests of local history and culture must be passed.

The Six illegal guides arrested at Pura Puseh Desa Batuan were Santo, A. Than, Sunardi, Masdijadi, M Rudi and Jindy Chua. 4 of the illegal guides were sentenced by presiding judge Ida Bagus Made Ari Suamba SH with fines of Rp. 25 million or prison terms of 1 month and 15 days. Another of the arrested men was fined Rp. 500,000 because he held an ID card while the sixth man was fined Rp. 30 million or a prison term of two months in absentia.

Officials say the fines levied against the six were the highest ever imposed on illegal guides that in the past have never surpassed Rp. 1 million.

According to officials, many of the illegal guides operating in Bali come from the Riau Islands. The illegal guides are Indonesian nationals who speak Mandarin that they learned while watching Singapore TV programs.

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