Bali Post reports that 5 communities (banjars) in the Kuta area of Bali are resisting efforts to extend the operating hours of entertainment centers until 4:00 am.
The extension of closing time from 3:00 am to 4:00 am being sought by nightspot operators is meeting resistance from local community members who cite the disturbance to peace and security by the longer operating hours.
The banjar chief (klian) of Pande Mas in Kuta, Nyoman Jika said on Thursday, September 13, 2012, confirmed that five banjars have taken the initiative to voice their reistance to the 4:00 am closing time.
Five banjars have united to oppose the longer operating hours.
The five banjars are: Banjar Pelasa, Banjar Pemamoran, Banjar Pande Mas, Banjar Pering and Banjar Pengabetan.
A meeting convened by the banjars unanimously resolved to refuse later operating hours, insisting that the 3:00 am closing time previously set by the regent of Badung be upheld.
The villagers cited the disturbance to the peace that would result from the proposed 4:00 a.m. closing time and the criminality in the form of fights and thievery that frequently occur in the areas surrounding the nightspots.
Another factor underlying local resistance to later opening hours is the involvement of the local population in the operation of local small inns and hotels, while nightspots are largely held by people coming from outside the Kuta area.
The Badung tourism office (Disparda) has stated its opposition to efforts to extend operating hours and its support for local communities rejecting the 4:00 am closing time.
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