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Bali's Governor Comes Out Against Rebuilding Sari Club

Bali's Governor Pastika Wants Anything Built on Former Sari Club to Complement Nearby Ground Zero Monument.

(9/7/2009) Bali's Governor Made Mangku Pastika has asked the Regent or Bupati of Badung not to grant permission for the building of a night club on the location of the former Sari Club, destroyed by a terrorist bomb on October 12, 2002.

Governor Pastika's recommendation comes following an announcement by a local businessman of his plans to build another night club on the lot.

Located immediately across the street from the formal bombing monument listing the names of the 202 people who died in the attack, the location has been eyed by an Australian organization wishing to erect a "peace park" on the site. The backers for the peace park, however, remain unable to raise the necessary fund to purchase the site.

In issuing his recommendation, governor Pastika said the now vacant lot must be developed to complement the "Ground Zero" monument standing directly across the street.

Explained Pastika and as quoted by beritabali.com: "If we can, this position should be non-negotiable. I have asked the Bupati (Regent) not to issue permits unless the development is for something that complements 'Ground Zero,' for instance a museum or an information center."

Pastika also said he would look into the background of the building of another club already in operation at the location of the former Paddy's Pub, also destroyed in the October 2002 bombing.