Nearly 7 years have passed since the tragic bombing of the Sari Club on October 12, 2002 which, together with another blast at nearby Paddy's, cost the lives of 202 people. Visitors to the area in Legian today will find Paddy's open and doing a brisk business in a new location on the same street, a monument commemorating the fallen at a location now dubbed "Ground Zero", a parking lot at the former Paddy's location, and an empty lot with a signboard at Sari's former location which reads:
Here at the location of the former Sari Club will be built a garden and museum.
The Owner of this land is asked to contact: LPM Kuta, Village Chief, Traditional Village of Kuta
Efforts by the government to purchase the location to build a proposed peace park and museum have come to naught because the identity of the official owner of the land remains a mystery.
On January 6, 2009, representatives of the Bali Peace Museum Association met with the regent of Badung, Gde Agung, and offered to undertake the cost of building the proposed garden and museum Ė all paid by concerned Australian citizens. The backers behind the project say they hope to bring the people of Bali and Australia closer by creating a spiritual place promoting tolerance and reflection.
But any plans to build anything on the site cannot move ahead until an owner can be found to transfer ownership of the land to local government.
Efforts to track down the owner of the land or even make contact with the tenants of the former Sari Club have been unsuccessful.
The Kuta government is appealing to anyone who can shed light on who is the owner of the land to contact their offices at telephone ++62-(0)361-751814 or ++62-(0)361-751837
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