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Sweeping Raids Ahead for Bali's Illegal Villas?

Bali Villa Association Urges Government to Close Down Unregistered Commercial Villas.

(6/13/2009) The Chief of the Bali Villa Association (BVA), Ismoyo S. Soemarlan, is calling on the government to undertake sweeping raids against illegal commercial villas in Bali and close all illegal villas down.

Quoted in Denpost, Ismoyo, who is also the owner of the Villa Uma Sapta, said the hoped the government would soon undertake sweeping raids involving members of the BVA.

The raids are necessary, according to Ismoyo, in order to move against villas that avoid taxes and have callously evaded recent efforts to allow lenient ex post facto commercial registration of their enterprises. Said Ismoyo: "Arrest them! It's clear they are breaking the law."

The Chief of the BVA told the press that he has accumulated data on illegal villas that could form the basis of future enforcement actions. Ismoyo said that tracking down the illegal villas is an easy matter of comparing the list of licensed establishments against those Bali villas offered for rent on the Internet.