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Thanks, But No Thanks

Bali's Police Chief Refuses Cash Grant from Tourism Industry.

(10/30/2005) Bali's Police of Chief Irjen. Drs. Made Mangku Pastika surprised many local tourism industry figures on Monday, October 25, 2005, when he politely declined a Rp. 200 million donation (approximately US$19,800).

Claiming the police are unable to legally accept and account for revenues provided outside the state budget process, Chief Pastika said: "the provincial police thank the tourism entrepreneurs who have shown their concern for the difficulty being encountered by the Police. But, I'm sorry; I don't want to see the police corrupted."

The Rp. 200 million donation intended for the police was comprised of donations from the Bali Hotel Association, Air Paradise and a number of leading Australian travel wholesalers - gathered to help provide emergency bridging financing for security following the October 1, 2005, bombing attacks while awaiting new emergency funding from the Central Government.

Quoted in the Indonesian-language Bali Post, Bali's Chief of Police emphasized that the Police are forbidden to receive donations in any form from the public and that no mechanism exists for channeling private funds into the police accounting system.

The Police Chief said he hoped the money intended as a donation to the police be directed instead to upgrading security at hotels in accordance with the standardized safety guidelines for hotels devised by Bali's police. Pastika said; "I would be proud and feel calmer if all hotels in Bali met the safety guidelines. Please install CCTV (surveillance cameras) and security gates."