Johan Jaaffar, in a column published in the January 28, 2006 on-line edition of Malaysia's New Straits Times, effectively used the economic hardship being experienced by three separate Balinese men – two artists and a souvenir shop owner, to demonstrate the difficulties of everyday life following the October 1, 2005, terrorist attack.
While sobering in its report of the devastating effects on the lives of the Balinese people, the column also reminds that fundamental issues of environmental and cultural preservation that existed prior to the latest bombing, and must still be addressed for Bali to retains its reputation as a leading cultural tourism destination.
By any standard, a good read.
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