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The Dirty Secret of Secret Beach

Tourism Minister Disgusted with Trash-Strewn Pandawa Beach in South Bali

(4/28/2014) Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu recently leveled criticism at the trash scattered near Pantai Pandawa in South Bali.

“I hope the trash scattered near and on Pandawa Beach can soon be cleaned up,” said the Minister during a working visit to the southern white sand beach sometimes called “secret beach.”

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Minister Pangestu is showing pictures of the trash strewn beach to the press and other officials in her effort to prompt a clean up.

“We can't allow trash to continue to accumulate. This clearly ruins the natural view. Because of this, I ask the Badung regency to continually safeguard cleanliness at all tourism areas,” said Pangestu.

In response, the regent of Badung Anak Agung Gde Agung promised to send the regency's Parks and Public Hygiene Service to clean up the area. Agung also ordered that trash containers be put in place.

“I hope traditional community leaders will join the campaign for cleanliness, because tourists will not be interested in visiting tourist areas that are untidy and dirty. Let’s all work together to keep the area clean,” said Agung.