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BALI UPDATE #1019 - 14 March 2016


A Power Move
PLN Given 2-Weeks to Create Plans to Move High-Voltage Lines in North Bali or Move the People Forced to Live Under Them

Protests from local residents in North Bali at Celukan Bawang demanding that high-voltage power lines be moved out of residential areas continues unabated.

As reported by, the State Power Board (PLN) has been given two weeks to complete a survey regarding the high-voltage 150 KV lines suspended above the village of Barokah.

The request for the survey came from the Regent of Buleleng, Putu Agus Suradnyana, on Monday, March 7, 2015 following a 20-minute closed-door meeting with PLN.

During that meeting officials from PLN admitted they had promised local citizens to relocate the high-voltage power lines within one year’s time, a deadline that has now come and gone.

The Regent of Buleleng has given a new two-week deadline for PLN to plan to relocate the high-voltage line or, alternatively, to relocate the 120 families living under the lines to a new location.

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Taking Leave of Baliís Shores
Three Ship Visits to Bali Cancelled by Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines in March 2016

Just days after Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines cancelled a visit my the Celebrity Solstice to Bali, the Cruise Line has called off a visit by the Celebrity Millennium on March 16, 2016 and the Radiance of the Sea scheduled to call on Bali on March 17, 2016.

In cancelling the visits, the Cruise Company reportedly cited Australian and UK government travel warning that they contend suggest a terrorist attack may be iiminently in the works for Bali and the rest of Indonesia.

The Celebrity of the Millennium is engaged in a voyage from Singapore to Sydney with the change necessitating an extra day stay for the ship in Singapore. The affected Radiance of the Sea is sailing from Fremantle to Sydney, requiring an extra day at sea due to the Bali port call cancellation.

In cancelling the three calls on Bali, Royal Caribbean admitted it was acing “in an abundance of caution, and based on the latest security information.”

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No Rushing this Russian
Russian Tourist Misses Flight and Spends Nyepi Holiday Stranded at Bali Airport reports that a Russian tourist, Pavel Vlasov, discovered himself stranded and largely alone at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport during the official “Day of Silence” on March 9, 2016.

For more than a 24-hour period, Bali’s airport was closed to aircraft take-offs and landings as the Island’s streets emptied and people retired behind closed doors to contemplate the Bali-Hindu New Year.

Vlasov admitted he missed his flight out of Bali when he became fascinated watching ogah-ogah parades on Tuesday, evening March 8, 2016. As a result, the Russian found himself compelled to stay within the airport until Thursday morning.

While Vlasov was forced to spend two nights sleeping on airport chairs, airport management did provide him complimentary food and beverage to sustain him over Nyepi.

Vlasov could have left the airport before sunrise on March 9 and taken refuge at a local hotel. But, perhaps concerned that he would miss his flight after Nyepi, the man elected to stay at the airport where he was not allowed to leave the terminal for 24-hours starting from sunrise on March 9, 2016.

During the closure of the airport, officials also report that three Chinese women, believed to be intoxicated, showed up at the airport walking in from a nearby hotel. In flagrant violation of local custom and rules, the women were eventually picked up by Chinese Consulate officials and delivered back to their hotel.

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Mum’s, the Word

Bali Puts its Best Foot Forward
Bali Business Woman Agie Purwa Launches Line of Luxury Footwear

Bali-based customized shoemaker Agie Purwa started her career by filling shoe orders from boutiques in Australia, Europe and the USA. In the intervening 10-years, Angie launched in 2015 her own high-end shoe line of “Jasmine Elizabeth”.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Agie said, “Before, I only made shoes to someone else’s design. Now, I make my own designs.”

Largely a self-taught shoemaker, Agie had no formal background as a shoemaker until ten years ago when she first started to make shoes. A graduate in hotel studies, she was, nonetheless, no stranger to handcrafted design and creation. “My Father had a furniture factory and I often helped by working there,” she explained.

When an economic crisis swept across Indonesia, Agie change professions, working as a buying agent. It was during this period that a client asked her to seek out leather shoemakers in Bali.

Continuing, she said: “I saw that there was no ‘serious’ shoe factory in Bali and decided therein lay an opportunity.”

Becoming a devoted student of shoemaking for the ensuing decade, Agie has created her own brand of high-end shoes branded as Jasmine Elizabeth, the name of her second child,

Her bespoke line of quality footwear made itsinternational  debut at Indonesian Fashion Week 2016 held in Jakarta in March 2016 where the high level of craftsmanship and excellent materials set her shoes apart from her competitors.

Every pair of Jasmine Elizabeth Shoes requires the dedicated work of two skilled craftsmen working for 16 hours. At present, Agie employs 10 shoemakers at her small studio located on a side street of Kuta.

The Jasmine Elizabeth Shoes come in a range of styles, including high heeled, edges and flats.

Marketing, at least initially, focuses on a retail outlet in Bali and Jakarta and online sales from her website. “There are also orders from overseas. We are not negotiating as there are stores that want to stock our merchandise there,” Agie added.

Jasmine Elizabeth Website

The Defacing of Facebook
Bali Governor Facebook Page Falsified

A spokesman for the Provincial Government of Bali has reported to the Island’s police Command on Friday, March 11, 2016 that the Facebook account of Governor Made Mangku Pastika has been falsified.

As reported by, two separate Facebook accounts were discovered in the name of the Governor, one officially sanctioned by Pastika and another falsified account containing statements that were religiously inflammatory that were not made by Pastika.

Dewa Gede Mahendra Putra, the Bali Provincial Spokesman, said: “There were suddenly two (Facebook) accounts (in the Governor’s name). One was false. The name and the picture on the accounts were the same, but the contents were different. Controversial. Because the Governor wanted to avoid an unfortunate situation from developing, we reported the matter to the police.”

One of the falsified postings on Facebook said: “Reclamation (of Benoa Bay) will continue because I have approved it and have received a gratification of Rp. 500 billion which is quite a lot for a pension.”

When reporting the falsified account to the police, the Governor did not personally attend at Police Headquarters, but his son Nyoman Wicaksana Wirajati attended as a witness assisting in the filing the criminal complaint.

Trump's Bumf
Anger Over Anti-Islamic Statements by U.S. Presidential Candidate May Threaten Donald Trump's Business Interests in Indonesia

Reuter, CNN and other media are suggesting that statements by U.S. Presidential hopeful Donald Trump may make plans by the billionaire to invest in Indonesia problematic.

Statements by Trump viewed as religiously hateful calling for Muslims to be banned from traveling to the U.S. are not going unnoticed in Indonesia –home to the world’s largest Islamic population. Plans announced by Trump Hotels – a company owned by Donald Trump – to develop two six-star hotel complexes in West Java and Bali are fanning growing anger and indignation among Indonesia’s largely moderate Muslim populace.

Mirroring calls to ban Trump and his businesses BEING heard both in Indonesian and the Middle East, Hasanuddin, an Indonesian national legislator said: "If (Trump) continues his racist position, it will bring danger to American assets. Donald Trump's arrogance could be harmful for U.S. citizens around the world."

Underlining this sentiment, the deputy-speaker of the Indonesian House of Representatives, HAS pledged to seek trade restrictions on U.S. trade and investment if Trump became President of the United States.

The USA currently exports an estimated US$16 billion in goods and services to Indonesia each year.

An online petition calling on Indonesian President Joko Widodo to ban Trump from visiting Indonesia and conducting business in Indonesia has already earned more than 45,000 signatories.

President Widodo has not commented on the petition.

Trump Hotels Collection has announced joint venture with the Indonesian business group - PT Media Nusantara Citra (MNC) for the management of two resort complexes in Indonesia. In Bali, this includes taking over a hotel, golf and residential complex near Tanah Lot Temple on Bali’s west coast.

Wealthy and politically active Indonesian businessman Hary Tanoesoedibjo controls the MNC Group. A corporate spokesman for MNC Group suggested that the current controversy would not affect his group’s relationship with Donald Trump.

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Return to Base Camp
Russian Mountain Climber Rescued from Baliís Mount Agung

Hildar (38), a Russian tourist missing for three days on the slopes of Bali’s sacred Mount Agung, was found by search and rescue workers on Friday, March 11, 2016.

“The Russian tourist missing while climbing Mount Agung was found by joint search and rescue teams. Hildar was discovered safe and sound. There were assorted minor cuts and abrasions over his body,” announced the Chief of the Center for Disaster Management and Disaster Mitigation (BPBD), Gede Jaya Seratbrana.

Seratbrana told the Search and Rescue teams evacuated Hildar from the mountain, an exercise that required nearly four hours to complete.

Police and search officers plan to interview the Russian whose disappearance triggers a massive rescue effort.

Out of Cash? Camp!
Destitute Russian Couple Found Camping Out in a Tent in South Bali

A Russian couple was discovered camping out in a tent near Uluwatu, Jimbaran on Bali’s southernmost peninsula. reports that the couple told South Kuta police officials that they had erected a tent prior to Bali’s mandatory “Day of Silence – Nyepi” on March 9, 2016. The Russians told police that a lack of funds necessitated the move to tented accommodation.

Local village security officials (pecalang) reported the couple and their tent to South Kuta Police who rounded up the couple and brought them in for questioning after the Nyepi holiday.

Police are withholding the name of the couple who have now been put in touch with the Russian Consulate General for further disposition.

Gentle Eka Takes Her Leave
Caretaker at Bali Peduli Clinic Dies During Suspected Asthma Attack

The caretaker of the Bali Peduli Clinic on Jalan Tukad Yeh Aya in Denpasar was found dead at the clinic at 9:30 a.m. on Friday morning, March 11, 2016 when workers at the clinic returned after the Nyepi holidays.

I Wayan Suata (39), who was also known by co-workers and friends as “Miss Eka,” worked at the Bali Peduli Clinic that provides free HIV/AIDS testing and treatment to all members of the Bali community. 

The Clinic where Suata’s body was found is the former home of HIV/AIDS activist Paul Latourell who was murdered and robbed at the same location on February 14, 2014. reports there were no indications of foul play in the death of Suata who is presumed based on medical equipment and perscription drugs found at the scene to have died while suffering an asthma attack.

Workers at the clinic were forced to climb the wall surrounding the clinic when Suata did not respond to calls and open the gates. Once inside, Suata’s body was discovered in a state of decomposition that suggests death had occurred two days previously near the start of the Nyepi holiday.

Police continue to investigate the case.


Walk a Mile in His Shoes
33-year-old Man walks Across Indonesia to Educate Public and Help End Discrimination on HIV/AIDS

A 33-year-old man is walking across Indonesia in order to raise awareness and fight discrimination against people suffering from HIV/AIDS.

Originally from Nganjuk, East Java and a former resident of Jakarta, Wijiyanto, told that he was first diagnosed with HIV in 2011 but still has no idea how he acquired the disease.

Interviewed by the press in the Sempedi area of South Bali on March 4, 2016, Wijiyanto, who once worked as a security guard, said he was devastated when first told he had HIV and, soon thereafter, began to experience the discrimination suffered by people suffering from the disease.

On November 7, 2015, Wijiyanto resolved to start a walking tour of Indonesia to raise public awareness on HIV/AIDS, commencing his journey from Jakarta heading towards Bali. After Bali he plans to bring his trek to Makassar in South Sulawesi, eventually arriving back in Jakarta at the end of 2017.

Wijiyanto said his goal in undertaking the long walk is to educate the public and inspire others suffering from HIV/AIDS. “I want to motivated my colleagues who are infected with HIV/AIDS in order that they can survive. Let’s socialize together what exactly HIV/AIDS is, how infections spread, how to prevent it and how to fight discrimination. The stigma and discrimination against HIV/AIDS sufferers in the community remains very strong.,” he said.

Wijiyanto said his walking tour of Indonesia has not been without challenges. Rain and intense heat have proven the biggest burdens,while, winding roads with hills to climb proved especially challenging.

But, despite swelling legs and a lack of enrgy, Wijiyanto said he has received a warm reception in each town visited along the route and the support of many people supporting his desire to end discrimination against HIV/AID patients. In many towns people join him for a portion of his walk.

In Bali, Wijiyanto was joined in his walk by I Wayan Eka Sampurna from the Bali Peduli Foundation that provides free testing and treatment of HIV/AIDS patients.

Sampurna said that in the past, most HIV/AIDS sufferers were comprised of narcotics users, but this is now shifting to the general public. He said that most new cases of HIV/AIDS are being detected among housewives, young people and children under the age of 35 with sex now forming the main means of transmission. Cases of HIV/AIDS among housewives is especially alarming, with an estimated 1 our every 100 housewives now infected with HIV/AIDS.

Bali Peduli Website

Unfolding Transport Scandal in Bali
Wide-ranging Accusations of Corruption Leveled at Organda Bali Surface as State Prosecutors Commence Investigation of Illegal Levies and Payments

In response to mounting accusations of corrupt practices and illegal payments permeating the permit issuance process for the Land Transportation Organization in Bali (Organda-Bali), the Prosecutor’s Office in Bali has summoned the Chairman of the Bureau for Rented Transport of Organda-Bali who first publicly leveled the corruption allegations.

As reported by, the chairman of the Bureau has made statements to the press and police alleging that every application for a permit to operate a rented vehicle to the Provincial Transportation Agency (Dishub) must be accompanied by a Rp. 200,000 bribe paid at a special locket at the Government Transportation Office.

After meeting with Prosecutors, Suata said on Monday, March 7, 2016: “After paying Rp. 200,000 at the special locket operated by Organda-Bali, only then will a recommendation be issued for a rented transport permit issued by Organda. In addition to paying the Rp. 200,000, we are also obliged to pay Rp. 75,000 more to Dishub. As for the Rp. 75,000 that is in accordance with Provincial Regulation No. 2 of 2015 on retributions.”

The “bribery locket” of Organda Bali at the Provincial Transportation Office, according to Suata, has been in operation since December 1, 2015. Suata said there is the possibility that the chief of the Provincial Transportation Office is unaware of the bribes, in that a subordinate issues the transportation license. In any case, following reports of corrupt practice the Organda-Bali bribery locket was closed and removed on March 7, 2016,

“The person in charge of the bribe at the Organda-Bali illegal lockets is Ratna Paramita. The ‘cashier’ is still a young women and pretty. The Bali Transportation office is very tense at the moment. They are in a panic following the revelation of bribes being exposed to the public,” said Suata.

In exposing corruption and collusion allegations at Organda-Bali, Suata who serves as the executive manager of Organda-Badung, claims there are other illegal bribes and payments, including bribes paid by the Kura-Kura Bus Service totaling Rp. 100 million paid in arranging their transportation licenses. He also claims that Rp. 3 million is paid every month to Organda-Bali, but the accountability of these amounts remains unclear.

Continuing his accusations of malfeasance, Suata continued: “Do these payments go into the Organda-Bali bank accounts or go into private bank accounts? Mr. Rizal who is an accountant at Kura-Kura Transport admits the money has not been deposited to Organda-Bali, but paid directly to the account of PT Restu Mulya, a company owned by Eddy Dharma the chairman of Organda-Bali.”

Suata told the press that he has shared information on all the irregular payments made by Organda-Bali with Dr. Akmal of the Prosecutor’s office in connection with the permits for some 217 vehicles processed each month.

Suata says now is the time to expose corrupt practices at Organda-Bali. He pointed to the case of the Kura-Kura Bus Service that was widely protested in Bali, but still managed to obtain licenses via the intervention of Organda-Bali. Suata said the licensing of the bus service would not have been possible without the underhanded collaboration of Organda-Bali.

Pets that Kill
Rabies Blamed for Death of 9-Year-Old Boy in East Bali

A 9-year-old boy from Klungkung, East Bali has died at the Klungkung General Hospital after being treated for symptoms consistent with a diagnosis of rabies.

Just prior to his demise, the young boy exhibited symptoms of a high fever, hydrophobia and photophobia. reports that the 9-year-old who died on March 7, 2016, Anak Agung Gede Arimbawa, was warded in the isolation unit of the Klungkung General Hospital.

A neighbor’s dog bit the boy two weeks prior to his death in the village of Koripan Tengah in the Banjarankan district of Klungkung.

The boy did not immediately tell his parents of the animal attack, only revealing the details when he was severely ill and brought to the hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the dog that bit the boy is reported to be healthy and still alive.

Following the boy’s hospitalization, his family and 13 neighboring families have received anti-rabies vaccines.

Only the Hoi Polloi to Bali?
Bali Legislator Threatening Legal Action Against Southeast Sulawesi Governor for Describing Bali Tourists as Naked Drunkards

A number of Balinese residents, led by a member of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), Arya Wedakarna, are up in arms and demanding a clarification and an apology of from the Governor of Southeast Sulawesi, Longki Djanggola, for the way he has publicly and very negatively portrayed Bali’s tourism industry

As reported by, Wedakarna made his demand in a press release dated Friday, March 11, 2016.

According to the Bali legislator, if Djanggola fails to clarify and apologize, Wedakarna has threatened to send a somasi warning of legal steps that will result from that failure.

Longki was quoted in the national press commenting on the total eclipse that passed over his area of Sulawesi on March 9, 2016, boasting of the influx of tourists expected in Southeast Sulawesi to witness the extraterrestrial event.

Describing the foreign tourist that would be coming to Sulawesi, Longki said: “These are not regular tourists, not like those in Bali who are naked and drunkards. They are researchers, educated and learned.”

Wedakarna and a number of Balinese see Longki’s comments as insulting and hurtful to the Balinese people and the Island's tourism industry.

Statements considered to be insulting or hurtful can form the basis of a criminal complaint under Indonesian law.

Regional Air Traffic Booming from Bali
Flights and Passenger Numbers Increase at Baliís Airport in January 2016

Flight departures from Bali’s Ngurah Rai Aiport increased in January 2016.

The greatest number of passengers departed to the following five countries: Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, China and Hong Kong.

Bali Post quoted the head of the Bali Provincial Statistics Bureau (BPS-Bali), Adi Nugroho, who said that the greatest increase in air traffic took place to Mainland China, increasing 46.94% for departures to that country in December.

In second place was Hong Kong that increased 6.59%, followed by Australia up 3.63%, Singapore up 1.06% and Malaysia up 0.30%.

In keeping with the increase in the number of flights, the number of actual passengers flying to these countries increased as well.

From December 2015 to January 2016 the number of departing passengers increased to Australia (+46.94%), China (+80,35%) and Hong Kong (+7.94%).

Meanwhile, the number of passengers to Singapore decreased by 2.06% and Malaysia down by 6.75%.

Threats to Aviation Safety
Laser Lighting, Floating Lanterns and Kites Threaten Aviation Safety at Baliís Airport

The Bali Airport Authority has issued a warning that the safety of aircraft landing and taking off from the Ngurah Rai International Airport is threatened by a number of outside distractions, including: lasers, drones, floating lanterns and kites.

As reported by Radar Bali, the Airport Authority for Bali and Nusa Tenggara says that the skies over a 5-kilometer radius from the airport must be sterile of any potential threats to safe aviation.

In fact, the area within a 5-kilometer radius of the Bali airport is termed the “Safe Aircraft Operation Zone” (KKOP). Aviation officials say that the landing approaches for Runway 27 over Benoa, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran and its counterpart Runway 09 over Kuta, Seminyak and Tanah Lot must be free of any hazards emanating from the ground for aviation safety.

The head of the Bali-Nusa Tenggara Airport Authority, Yusfrandri Gona, says the greatest threat posed to airplanes landings in Bali is the use of lasers employed at receptions and outside events along Bali's coasts.

Laser lights can disturb the vision of cockpit crews during the critical landing and take-off phase of flight operations. The brightness of the lasers can cause temporary blindness, preventing a pilot and co-pilot from accurately reading the plane’s instrumentation.

According to Yusfrandri, there were four reports of laser lights threatening flight operations in Bali in 2015.

The areas he said that pose the greatest threat to aviation stretches from the beach at Tanah Lot, Seminyak, Kuta and Nusa Dua where laser lighting is often used for outside functions by hotels and resorts.

Yusfrandri has called on the Provincial Tourism Service (Disparda) or local enforcement agencies (Satpol PP) to limit the sale of lasers or, at the very least, limit the power of such lights sold in Bali.

The aviation officials also warned of the additional danger posed by kites and floating lanterns that can make direct  and potentially catastrophic contact with helicopters and fixed-wing aircraft.

Wake Up Call for Baliís Airport
Baliís Ngurah Rai Airport Awakes as Nyepi Day of Silence Ends

Closed for 24-hours for Bali’s official “day of silence - Nyepi" on Wednesday, March 9, 2016, Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport resumed full flight operations at 6:00 am on Thursday, March 10th followed with the departure at 8:00 of Lion Air JT 035 bound for Jakarta.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, the first international flight to leave Bali after Nyepi was JetStar 117 destined for Perth, Western Australia.

During the annual shutdown of the airport to honor local rules demanding the cessation of all activities on the first day of the Balinese New Year a total of 229 domestic flights and 158 international flights were cancelled.

A report from estimates that the Bali Airport saved Rp. 154 million in electrical costs during the 24-hour shutdown and black out of the Airport for Nyepi. A further Rp. 17 million in water costs and Rp. 12 million in telephone charges were conserved during the shutdown.

Bali Takes its Silence Seriously
Many Balinese Quick to Anger at Inferred Religious Insults Posted on Local Facebook Pages

Angry members of the Balinese community retaliated angrily against hand phone shop owned by a man believed to have made postings on his Facebook page that were derogatory of Balinese Hindus and the celebration of the mandatory Day of Silence – Nyepi on March 9, 2016.

As reported by Bali Post, Jhonny (34) whose real name is Li Kiong, is the owner of Jhonny Cell on Jalan Kubu Anyer No. 22 in Kuta. Li is alleged to posted disparaging comments directed at his Hindu neighbor on his Facebook Page that precipitated a violent trashing of the phone shop on Nyepi-Eve. The man has subsequently claimed his site was hijacked and the insulting comments were not of his authorship.

In response to a samll but threatening group that had gathered outside the shop, Kuta Police brought the frightened employees of the shop to safety, but were unable to prevent significant damage to the storefront by the crowd before a formal police line could be put in place.

Reported on Thursday, March 10, 2016 to the Cyber Crime Unit of the Bali Police for religious insult together with Li Kiong were two other Bali-based Facebook page owners, Sukmawan Dwi Mahendra and Jhon Manek.

All three allegedly posted messages separately on Facebook seen insulting to the Balinese and their religious beliefs, and objecting vociferously to being compelled to close their businesses and cease their regular routines in order to conform to a religion practice they do not embrace.

Strong online responses from the Balinese community contained suggestions that the three should leave Bali if they were not prepared to conform to local tradition and culture.

When confronted about their comments Li Kiong - the owner of Jhonny Cell contends his Facebook account was hijacked and insisted he did not write the comments posted to an account resembling his own. Jhon Manek also told police that the comments attacking Balinese Hinduism were not his own, but were the result of Internet sabotage. Meanwhile, the wife of Sukmawan Dwi Mahendra has apologized on Facebook, claiming her husband was drunk when the ill-considered comments were uploaded.

Those filing the complaints against the three are calling for criminal prosecution and jail time under the National Electronic Communication Law.

Police continue to investigate the cases.

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Monsterous Objections
Ogoh-Ogoh Creators Shift Their Satirical Barbs from Corruptors to Reclamations Developers

Bali’s ogoh-ogoh parades of floats made from papier mâché that are an intrinsic part of the process of ushering in the Balinese New Year (Nyepi) can, on at least one level, reflect both the current levels of creativity and the direction of social-political commentary on the Island.

A post-Nyepi front-page article in Bali Post looked at this year’s ogoh-ogoh entries by the youth of the Denpasar suburb of Tanah Abu – a locality perennially know for the sharp  edge of their social commentary. In the past, the ogoh-ogoh of Tanah Abuu have showcased funny and biting commentaries on corrupt officials using representations that were anything but flattering to their subjects.

To welcome 1 Saka 1938, this year the young men of Tanah Abu echoed the widespread rejection of plans to reclaim the once-protected mangrove forests of Benoa Bay. Tanah Abu’s ogoh-ogoh depicted an angry God of the Sea (Dewa Baruna) and Mother of the Nation (Ibu Pertiwi) violently opposed to investors trying to irrevocably change Bali’s shoreline through the reclamation of Benoa Bay. The investor in this case was shown as a greedy capitalist with a fist full of money in one hand and an excavator in the other.

The chairman of the Tanah Abu Youth Organization (Pemuda Tanah Abu)  said this year's ogoh-ogoh entry was meant to remind the Government and investors that the public’s aspirations must be respected, and that nature cannot be exploited for the narrow, short-termed interest of any investor.

Waist Deep in the Big Muddy
Young Men of Kedonganan Bali Stage a Colossal Mud Bath to Keep Alive an Ancient Tradition and Increase Environmental Awareness

After an absence of several decades, the village of Kedonganan in South Kuta have revitalized the mabuug-buugan tradition held on the second day of the Balinese New Year on Thursday, March 10, 2016.

Enthusiastically embraced by the young men of Kedonganan, mabuug-buugan saw an estimated 800 young men, clad only in traditional sarongs, smear mud from the mangrove over their bare torsos. Entered into with great élan, the ceremonial bathing in mud at some points, for all intents and purposes, degenerated into a fun-filled mud-fight.

The years mabuug-buugan celebration took on an added poignancy as the even took place in a mangrove, not unlike that developers wish to replace via a controversial reclamation of Benoa Bay.

A spokesman for the Young Men’s Association of Kedonganan (Karang Taruna), Made Sudarsana, explained that the name mabuug-buugan is derived from the word buug that refers to earth or mud. He said that plans for the reclamation of Benoa Bay must be halted, as the project would eradicate the very mud needed to celebrate the tradition.

A village leader of Kedonganan also said he hoped the mabuug-buugan ritual would continue as part of the Bali-Hindu New Year celebrations and that plans to replace Bali’s precious mangrove area with a modern hotel and entertainment complex are abandoned.

We are Women! Hear us Roar!
Modern Day Kartiniís Helping to Make Bali Safari and Marine Park a Worldwide Success

Each year on April 21st, the Indonesian people commemorate the birth date of Raden Adjeng Kartini – an early pioneer in the battle for the emancipation of Indonesian women. Today, in a free and independent Indonesia, modern day Kartini’s continue the epic struggle started by Kartini by striving to become productive and meaningful participants in the development of the Nation.

In keeping with the spirit of this struggle, the Bali Safari and Marine Park presents several profiles of only a few of the many dedicated, successful women professionals who courageously and whole-heartedly work in its “jungle” of wild animal species.

Dr. Yohana Kusumaningtyas Wuri Handayani (Doctor Jo) – Vet Supervisor

Dating from her earliest memories, Dr. Jo longed to become a veterinarian working with wild animal species. The opportunity to join the team at the Bali Safari and Marine Park represented both a source of great personal pride and an unequalled opportunity to play a role in the conservation of endangered and protected animal species for this young doctor.

The complex medical cases that confront Doctor Jo on a daily basis as a Vet Supervisor at the Park represent a rewarding challenge, continually expanding both her knowledge and ability to analyze, and interpret data and observations from a variety of perspectives before arriving at a correct diagnosis.

Since joining the Bali Safari family three years ago, Doctor Jo says she has been involved in a number of extraordinary and unique animal treatments unavailable in any other professional setting. This has included assisting in the birthing process of an African White Rhinoceros and a Giraffe, using ultrasonography (USG) in the diagnostic process.

As a veterinarian at Bali Safari and Marine Park she has learned the importance of being prepared for every eventuality, saying: “There is always a valuable lesson to be learned in every case. Every new development represents a new challenge that must be mastered. But if we undertake every new job with love and commitment, everything becomes a pleasure. It’s not only a job, it’s a love.”

Desak Ketut Darmasih – Animal Keeper

A local woman hailing from the Gianyar regency of Bali, Desak Ketut Darmasih works as an Animal Keeper at the Park. Working in this role since the Bali Safari and Marine Park first opened its doors eight years ago, Desak still feels she has the best job in the world. Before beginning her career, she never imagined that she would one day be working with wild animals, many of which she had never heard of encountered before taking up the professional responsibilities of an Animal Keeper.

Desak still recalls her first assignment to train and tame a wild bird. The experience left her a deep sense of personal pride and cemented her love for her profession. Compassion, love of animals, patience, and unwavering commitment have proven to be the backbone of Desk’s continuing success as an Animal Keeper.

When asked what advice she can offer for other Indonesian women seeking to make a positive difference, Desk says: “No job is difficult if it is performed with full dedication and devotion. Make your work a part of your life. My hobby is to do my job and I love my job.”

Dr. Ni Made Yunik Novita Dewi – Supervisor Vet Nurse

Novita has been a member of the team at the Bali Safari and Marine Park for the past 7 years. Working as a Supervisory Veterinarian Nurse has created a rich history of experiences that have only enhanced her deep love for wild animals. In addition, working with wild animals has also taught her the importance of vigilance and caution in undertaking her duties. Dr. Novita still recalls the time when she was asked to treat a wounded crocodile. The giant reptile resisted treatment and suddenly launched an aggressive attack, causing the working mother from Klungkung to rapidly scale a 2-meter high fence unaided.

That and other experiences have taught Novita that every individual has hidden potentials and talents. If everyone learns to study from his or her past mistakes and never gives up, anything can be achieved. “Never give up on what you really want to do,” has become the motto of Novita’s daily existence.

Ni Putu Tiara Defi – Education Staff Member

This personable and attractive young woman started her career as a waitress in the Bali Safari and Marine Park’s Uma Restaurant where her people skills and buoyant personality eventually earned her an invitation to join the Educational Staff.

Tiara admits that originally she was not an animal lover, frightened greatly by so much as a household cat. In accepting the job as a member of the Park’s educational team she soon learned to adapt, appreciate and interact with a wide range of wild animals.

In fact, the 20-year-old woman now freely admits she loves her work. So much so, in fact, that she now works as the Master of Ceremonies sharing the stage with a wide range of animals at the Park’s Animal Educational Show and Harimau – From Predator to Prey Show.

Tiara, who professes a love of traveling and for her recently discovered animal co-workers, shows no fear in the highly professional performance of her job. The lessons learned she says are: “Never give up in trying to do things you once thought impossible. Keep trying and always remember to pray.”

Made Ayu Desiari, S. Sn. – Lead Performer

Winning the lead role on the stage of the enormous Bali Theatre Stage would be a source of special pride for any performer, as it was for “Dek Ayu” who plays the pivotal role of Dewi Danu in the current Bali Agung Show. In a role indispensible to the dramatic romance shared with thousands of theatergoers each month, Dek Ayu has played this part since the show’s premiere five years ago. The consummate performance she presents to her audience each day is the result of a perfect marriage between natural talent and hard work.

Reflecting on her personal philosophy as an actress and a member of Balinese society, Dek Ayu said: “When the purity of women is respected, there will be found peace and tranquility existing in perfect harmony. But where such respect does not exist, there is no ceremony or ritual that will set things right again; leaving the woman in a state of sadness that will destroy the family. The woman is not a weak being who can be ridiculed. Women possess great strength and influence in their daily lives and in forming their futures.”

Concluding, Dek Ayu reminds that self-confidence plays a large role in a woman’s life and therefore no woman should be ridiculed or scorned.

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