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More Calls for Moneychanger Crackdown

Local Legislator from Kuta Joins Chorus Calling for Sterner Enforcement Against Those Cheating Bali's Visitors.

(5/29/2005) Concerned that continued failure to effectively crackdown on illegal money changers short-changing tourist visitors to Bali could result in more instances of brutal "street justice" from Balinese villagers, a local parliamentarian from the Kuta district, I Wayan Puspanegara, has joined those calling for a clean up of illegal and dishonest money changers.

As reported on balidiscovery.com in our coverage [Giving Illegal Money Changers a Black Eye ], local villagers in Legian recently dispensed harsh street justice on a money changer caught in the act of stealing money from an Australian tourists.

Fearing similar incidents in the future, Puspanegara has called on the Police and the Association of Foreign Exchange (APVA) to no longer delay measures to clean up the illegal and dishonest money changers from Bali's streets.

Responding to the legislators call and quoted in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, I Made Saputra, the Chairman of the APVA, commended Puspanegara's call to action complaining that the dishonest action of a few traders have soiled the general reputation of Bali's professional money changers.

According to Saputra, he will soon seek an appointment with Bali's Chief of Police, Irjen Drs. Made Mangku Pastika to discuss concrete steps to clean up the dishonest money changers.