The Indonesian House of Representative (DPR) has joined the island's governor, Made Mangku Pastika, in calling for the province of Bali to be declared a special autonomous region (Daerah Khusus Indonesia) or a special province (Daerah Istimewa).
Such status, which accords special legislated rights and privileges to a provincial or city government, is currently enjoyed in Indonesian by the capital city of Jakarta, Nanggroe Aceh Darussalam, Papua, West Papua and the city of Yogyakarta.
The Deputy Chairman of DPR Commission II, Sayuti Asythri, told the press during a visit to Bali that the change of status for Bali should be seen as "something normal."
Governor Pastika has termed the bestowing of special status for Bali as essential to preserving the island's unique cultural status and enhancing the island's basic infrastructure.
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