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It's Our Island and We'll Pray as We Want To!

Governor Protests Jakarta's Neglect of Hindu Majority in Bali in the Way Religious Funds Distributed.

(1/27/2007) Tempo Interaktif reports that Bali's Governor, I Dewa Made Beratha has formally protested the way in which Government funds have been distributed in Bali for the building of places of religious worship.

The Department of Religion, according to Beratha, has applied the national breakdown of religions in allocating religious aid funds for Bali. "As a result, the amount of money allocated for Hindu religious sites in Bali is much smaller than other religions," the Governor explained.

The comparative breakdown in religious aid funds in Bali, complained the Governor, is one packet of aid for Hindus, five packets for Christians and nine for Moslems. This has reportedly raised issues with local religious leaders in Bali who hope that the allocation of religious aid could reflect the proportionality of worshippers in Bali, where the overwhelming majority are Hindus.

The Central Government's assignment of instructors of religion in Bali is similarly skewed, with more non-Hindu instructors have been appointed than Hindu teachers.