President Megawati Soekarnoputri, during a campaign stop in Bali on Friday, June 11, 2004, urged the people of Bali to stop selling their productive agricultural lands to developers.
Speaking at a question & answer session held at Bali's Arts Center, the President, who is campaigning for re-election under the People's Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) Party's banner, told those in attendance that with nearly 36,000 hotel rooms now available in Bali the hotel market was oversupplied. Calling on the Provincial Government to stop the development of new hotels and resorts, she said Bali must quickly develop consistent land use policies that are strictly enforced.
Admitting that her desire to see Balinese farmers hold onto their land and not allow it to be converted to tourist accommodation, housing estates, and shopping area was problematic for farmers eager to get cash for their properties, she expressed her grave concerns for the future sustainability of Bali's culture if the current land rush is allowed to continue unabated.
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