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BALI UPDATE #941 - 15 September 2014

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Curbing Corruption at Baliís Airport
Independent Monitoring and More Service Counters for Immigration at Baliís Airport Urged by Tourism Promotion Board

A member of the Indonesian Tourism Promotion Board (BPPI), Mangku Nyoman Kandia, told Bisnis Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013, the government must take steps to reduce the possibility of corruption by immigration and customs officers at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport while, at the same time, reducing the length immigration queues.

Kandia said incidents of illegal bribes and fees at the airport can be thwarted by the installation of closed circuit cameras supervising customs and immigration counters at the Bali airport.

The BPPI officials said control and supervision of custom and immigration at the airport must be undertaken by a separate and independent body that answers to the Ngurah Rai Airport Authority.

Kandia explained that the installation of closed circuit cameras are needed to answer the many complaints from tourists regarding illegal fees sought by customs and immigration officials. He specifically mentioned complaints from Chinese and Dutch tourists about illegal levies at Ngurah Rai.

He went on to detail the complaints received from tourists regarding long immigration queues at Bali’s airport. Kandia feels the long lines at Bali’s airport are much longer and unlike those encountered at other international airports.

He blamed the long queues at Bali’s airport on the limited number of immigration counters. Kandia compared the 4-5 counters in operation in Bali with the 20 immigration service counters serving arriving passengers at Singapore’s airport.

With the recent renovation of Bali’s airport, Mangku Nyoman Kandia said now is the time to add more counters and more immigration staff to improve service to Bali visitors.


Garuda Opens Travel to Bali and Beyond
Garuda Explore Commences Service from Bali to Labuan Bajo and Bima

Garuda Indonesia’s new subsidiary operation of Garuda Explore launched is first flight using ATR 72-600 aircraft from Bali to Labuan Bajo/Komodo (Flores) and Bima (Sumbawa) on Monday, December 2, 2013.

The French-Italian turbo-prop aircraft were selected by Garuda to serve domestic routes in remote areas of Indonesia and the shorter runway lengths found in these locations.

The inaugural flight was joined by Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu, the Deputy-Minister for Transportation Bambang Susantono, the French Ambassador to Indonesia Corrine Breuze, the CEO of ATR Philipo Bagnato, and members of the press.

The CEO of Garuda Indonesia, Emirsyah Satar, told those joining the inaugural flight that the ATR aircraft was chosen by Garuda for areas served by runways of less than 1,600 meters in length.

Quoted by Beritabali.com, Emirsyah said: “The ATR 72-600 represents an aviation milestone for Garuda offering flights to new destinations for both tourism and investment. We want Garuda Indonesia to fly everywhere in Indonesia. The ATR 72-600 is a dependable aircraft using the latest technology.”

Minister Pangestu said she hope the use of ATR aircraft will help grow tourism numbers and develop exotic tourism across Indonesia.

Said Pangestu: “Garuda Explore will make manifest connections from Bali to Eastern Indonesia; the development of tourism from Bali to beyond. These flights will bring tourists to tourism destinations like Labuan Bajo, Bima, Ende and Wakatobia."

The Minister of Tourism also hopes that flights with Garuda Explore will introduce remote areas of Indonesia to more Indonesian travelers.

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Seeking a Fair Trade
Anti-WTO Protestors Stage Peaceful Protests Outside U.S. Consulate in Bali, Indonesia

Tens of university students and activists protested peacefully outside the U.S. Consular Agency in Bali on Monday, December 2, 2013.

The students from the National Student Front (FMN) were demanding that the international World Trade Organization (WTO) underway in Nusa Dua, Bali be cancelled.

According to Beritabali.com, the protest began with a long march from the Nitimandala Square in Renon that ended outside the consulate building on Jalan Hayum Wuruk. Carrying banners, flags and posters the students rejected the WTO meeting being held in Bali. As they approached the consulate the protestors were met by hundreds of riot police.

The protestors screamed for the abolishment of the WTO and for united opposition to U.S. free trade initiatives. “We reject the WTO. The meeting of the WTO is part of a imperialistic political scheme to create hardship for the people of the world,” said the spokesman for the FMH, Reven Larung.

According to Larung, the WTO is at the forefront of the liberalization of world trade that causes suffering to poor people. He depicts the WTO as a coordinated scheme intended to exploit nature, cause suffering on the workers, farmed and other marginalized peoples.

For these reasons, he called on the public to battle against the WTO that is, in his opinion, raising havoc on education, labor and nationalist movements.

Larung accused the U.S. of seeking to dominate the world economy and colonize countries like Indonesia.


More Room at our Inns
Bali by the Numbers: Hotel Occupancies decline in October

The Bali Bureau of Statistics (BPS-Bali) records a fall in occupancy among Bali hotels in October 2013. The BPS reports the fall in occupancy mirrors a drop in arrivals during the same period.

The chief of BPS-Bali, Gede Suarsa, told Bisnis Bali on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, that, on the average, hotels in Bali had lower occupancy levels in October than those recorded in September. “This decline is a slight percentage decline when compared to the previous month,” said Suarsa.

The average occupancy for a star-rated hotel in October 2013 stood at 60.57% - a decrease of 3.19 points when compared to September 2013 when occupancy averaged 63.76%.

The highest average occupancies in Bali were recorded in Tabanan at 70.66% while the lowest occupancy occurred in Buleleng at 28.88%.

When compared to the previous month of September 2013, the regencies of Tabanan and Karangasem increased their levels of occupancy by 20.92 points and 7.99 points, respectively. At the same time, occupancies declined in October in Badung, Gianyar and Denpasar.

Among non-starred hotels in Bali in October 2013, occupancy levels declined 1.48 point as compared to September.

Suarsa said the downturn in occupancies in October followed a similar decline in international arrivals. He reported that foreign tourist arrivals in October 2013 totaled 266,562 visitors. This is a decline of 2.78% when compares to foreign tourist arrivals for the previous month of September.

During October 266,452 foreign tourists arrived via Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport while 109 visitors arrived via Bali’s seaports.


Bali Exports Decline 9.07% Month-on-Month
October Exports Increase Over September but Down When Compared to Same Month Last Year

Bisnis Bali reports that exports from Bali in October 2013 totaled US$47.46 million, decreasing 9.07% compared to the same month in 2012 when exports worth US$52.09 million were reported.

However, if compared with the preceding month, October exports increased 17.12% from US$40.43 million recorded in September.

According to Gede Suarsa of the Bali office of the Indonesian Statistic Bureau (BPS), Bali exports are driven by goods produced by small industries and handicrafts with 18.08% of all exports destined to the United States. The second largest destination for Bali exports is Japan that represents 14.03%, followed by Australia in third place at 10.30%.

Suarsa outlined that the five main export products from Bali are fish and prawns, jewelry and decorations, wood products, ready-to-wear clothing and furniture.


Good News from Perth
Australian Surfer Matt Scarff Attacked in Bali Improving in a Perth Hospital

The 41-year-old Australian surf instructor, Matt Scarff, who was sucker-punched at a Bali Bar on November 15, 2013, underwent emergency surgery in Bali, and was medically evacuated to Perth where he underwent further surgery, has been awoken by from a medically induced coma.

Evacuated by air ambulance from Bali on November 20th, Scarff was transferred to Royal Perth Hospital to undergo further life-saving surgery.

He was brought out of a medically induced coma on November 28, thirteen days after the incident in which a man, believed to be from  the U.K., punched Scraff in the face outside a Kerobokan nightspot.

The Australian man remains in intensive care where his condition is said to be improving.

The hospital listed Scraff’s condition as “critical but stable” later upgraded to “serious but stable.

Via a Facebook listing by Scarff’s family, it was confirmed that further surgery was in the cards and his family was taking his recovery one day at a time.

Scarff works with a surf school in Kuta.

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Bali Better from the North
Seabourn Cruises Pioneering a Return to North Bali Cruise Stops

The Seabourn Odyssey arrived at the North Bali port of Celukan Bawang on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, carrying an estimated 420 passengers.

As reported by Beritabali.com, the cruise ship was using the port once preferred for Dutch passenger liners in the 1920s and 1930s, but less used in modern times with modern cruise ships typically calling at Padang Bai and Benoa.
and port officials in Buleleng, North Bali said the ship visit would enliven tourism in the island’s North. To welcome the passengers special dances were performed on the pier as passengers disembarked.

The head of the tourism and culture office for Buleleng, Ketut Warkadea, said improvements in the port facilities and services would be needed to attract more ships’ visits.

While the 32,000 ton 198-meter long Seabourn Odyssey visited he northernmost port of Bali its 420 passengers paid visits to Menjangan Island, Sembiran and undertook city tours in Singaraja.

Departing Celukan Bawang in the late afternoon the luxury cruise ship set sail for Lombok.

On December 23, 2013 the Seabourn Legend is expected to call at Celukan Bawang.

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Seeking a Landing on Baliís North Coast
North Bali Regent Hints New Airport to Be Located at Kubutambahan

The continuing tug-of-war over the location for a proposed new airport in North Bali entered a new phase with the announcement by the Regent of Buleleng that villages surrounding Kubutambahan are favored for Bali’s second air gateway.

Beritabali.com reports that the regent Putu Agus Suradnyana revealed the official preference for Kubutambahan during a radio interview on a Bali radio station on Tuesday, December 3, 2013.

Suradnyana told his listeners: “I have discussed this with the Governor and urged the use the land that is no longer agriculturally productive. It seems that the location surrounding Kubutambahan will be chose for the airfield’s location."

The regent said land rights must be finally secured before moving ahead with plans to build the new airport. Further future impediments to the new airport include securing funding for its construction from provincial, central government and possible private investors sources.

Two areas in North Bali are under consideration for the new airport, Sumberkima villa in Gerokgak and the village of Kubutambahan.

Proponents of the new airport insist it will help achieve a fair distribution of development between Bali’s heavily developed South and the much less-visited North.

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A Fast Track to Baliís North
Karangasem Regent Wants Ida Bagus Mantra Highway Extended to Karangasem and Singaraja

During a visit to Sideman in East Bali, the legally embattled regent of Karangasem, I Wayan Geredeg, told his constituents that the sand and gravel trucks that cause traffic jams as they haul away excavations should not be viewed negatively, but, instead, seen as positive signs of development.

Geredeg, reported by several Bali media to be under indictment for corruption in a piping infrastructure project in his regency, was quoted by The Bali Post saying construction projects are needed for development and a more equitable distribution of wealth across all areas of Bali.

For this reason, Geredeg told the press that he is in the process of championing a proposal that would extend the I.B Mantra Highway to Karangasem and Singaraja as a means of reducing poverty in the region.

During a “roadshow” across the regency of Karangasem, Geredeg symbolically presented 22 wheelchairs, two walkers and other appliances for disabled residents living in the Sideman areas.
 


The High and Mighty
Asian Development Bank Finances Power Crossing Cables to Supply Baliís Electrical Deficit

The Jakarta Globe reports that The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has loaned $224 million to improve the Java-Bali power grid. The loan, made to the State Power Board (PLN), will increase the standby power much needed by the industrial, commercial and tourism sectors in Bali.

Aruna Wanniachi of the ADB sees a dependable power supply as important to job creation, particularly for low-income groups.

Bali currently has an electrification rate of only 69%.

The loan will finance a 220-kilometer long overhead crossing cable carrying 200 megawatts in power via lines suspended on what the ADB says will be the world’s tallest power pylons across the straits between Java and Bali.

The cost of the project is put at $410 million financed by the loan, $25 million from the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF), and US$161 million from the central government.

Power is now brought to Bali by two submarine cables carrying 200 megawatts. The number and capacity of undersea cables between Java and Bali will be doubled by 2014 with the addition of two more underwater cables.


A Most Soulful Holiday in Bali
International Showman Carlton J. Smith Performs at 3 Venues Over Christmas & New Years in Support of the Needy in Bali

Bali residents will have the chance to welcome back internationally acclaimed R&B/Soul artists Carlton J. Smith over the coming Christmas and New Years Holiday while contributing to Bali Solemen’s work on behalf of the disadvantaged and disabled children in Bali.

Carlton J. Smith

Carlton J. Smith is well known to audiences in Bali, Europe and the U.S.A. for his fast-paced and riveting sold-out shows that pay musical tribute to Al Green, James Brown, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & The Family Stone, The Temptations and Marvin Gaye.

Giving Back to Bali


Soul Man Carlton J. Smith will perform at three venues on four dates over the holidays generating much-needed funds at each vent for Solemen programs of social assistance in Bali.
  • Tuesday, Christmas Eve – December 24, 2013:  8:30 pm – Hard Rock Hotel Bali Centerstage Concert followed by optional Christmas buffet at Starz Diner. Advance bookings by telephoning ++62-(0)361-761869 (extension #7113).
  • Wednesday, Christmas Day – December 25, 2013:  5:30 – 7:30 pm Sunset Cocktail Show at the Rock Bar AYANA Bali Resort and Spa
  • Tuesday, New Years Eve – December 31, 2013:  6:30 pm until late Countdown to the New Year at SOS Supper Club, Anantara, Seminyak. Free flow welcoming drinks from 6:30 – 7:30 pm followed by a 5-course dinner. Cost it Rp. 2.5 million net per person if purchased before December 30. Rp. 3 million at the door. Reservations by telephone ++62-(0)361-737 773 or email 
  • Wednesday, New Years Day – January 1, 2014: 5:30 – 7:30 pm Sunset Cocktail Show at the Rock Bar AYANA Bali Resort and Spa
Enjoy the holidays listening to Soul Man Carlton J. Smith while Helping the children of  Solemen Bali.


No Means No
North Bali Man Arrested in Rape of Japanese Tourist

The police in Kuta Bali have arrested a 29-year-old man, Gede Darsana of Kubutambahan, Buleleng, North Balu who they have been seeking in connection with the rape of a Japanese female tourist that occurred in late November.

The arrest took place on Thursday night, December 5, 2013.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Wahyu Setyo of the Kuta police precinct said a 21-year-old Japanese woman reported to the police on December 4, 2013, that the local man raped her on November 25th.

The incident reportedly took place one day after the Balinese man, who works as a driver, and the Japanese woman met at a local food court in Kuta.

The rape reportedly took place in a rented room on Jalan Dewi Sri at 10:00 pm after the two spent the day visiting local tourist sites. The man allegedly followed the woman back to her accommodation after they were drinking together at a small restaurant.
 


To Serve and Protect
Bali Governor Reminds Civil Servants to Remain Neutral During Coming Legislative Elections

Bali’s governor Made Mangku Pastika reminded the province's civil servants to safeguard their neutrality during the coming 2014 legislative elections in Bali.

As reported by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika said at the 42nd anniversary of the Indonesian Civil Service (Korpri) on Friday, December 6, 2013: “The members of the civil service corps must be steadfast in their dedication to the public and the Country. They cannot take sides; they must remain neutral.”

The governor said that in order that the 2014 elections can select the very best representatives, the neutrality of Korpri is of the utmost importance.

Reflecting on the May 2013 governor’s race in Bali, Pastika said he hope government employees would maintain their neutrality.

Reminding Bali’s civil servants that they are required as Korpri members to always remain just and neutral in the performance of their duties, Pastika also read prepared comments from Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono echoing the call for political neutrality and execution of responsibilities free of favor or influence from political interests.

Using the occasion of the anniversary of the civil service corps, Pastika also reminded government workers to continually enhance their professionalism in order that the public can experience the benefits of a reformed bureaucracy in Indonesia.

That bureaucracy, said Pastika, must be clean, effective, transparent, and accountable while undertaking the building an anti-corruption culture.

The mass anniversary assembly of civil servants usually held at the Margarana Puputan Field in Denpasar was moved to the assembly hall (Wantilan) of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) due to heaving rainfall.


A Missed Departure, A Lifetime in Return
Man Denied Boarding on Pan Am 812 on April 22, 1974 Remembers the 107 Passengers Who Died on a Hillside in North Bali

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Putting on the Ritz
Ritz-Carlton to Open in Ubud in 2015

The Ritz-Carlton brand will soon be returning to Bali with the announcement from the The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company that they will open in a new property in Ubud in mid-2015.

The Ritz-Carlton Reserve will reportedly be located along the banks of the Ayung River, near terraced rice fields and village temples.
mler, President and COO of The Ritz-Carlton Hotel Company said: "We are delighted to announce another exclusive Reserve project to the hand-selected portfolio. Bali is a well-established destination for luxury travelers and we are confident that our resort in Ubud will raise the bar for style, service, and quality in the area. The Ritz-Carlton Reserve offers guests a contemporary interpretation of the local lifestyle and culture. The concept is simple, yet exudes style and luxurious levels of comfort. The resorts provide a complete escape to the unexpected; a private, exclusive leisure experience that blends unique elements of the local culture, history, and heritage with intuitive individual service, exquisite indigenous design, casual ambience and respect for the surrounding environment."

The Ubud property will offer 60 villas and suites.


Never Too Late to Say ĎThanksí
Posthumous National Honors for Two Ubud Pioneers of Culture and the Arts

The Ministry of Tourism and the Creative Economy has presented an Anugerah Adikarya Award posthumously to two Bali-based artists.
ed for their contributions to the arts were Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati and Walter Spies, making them the first two Bali residents to be so recognized.

As reported by Bali Daily, the Minister of Tourism and the Creative Economy Mari Elka Pangestu announced the two awards.

The former royal regent of Ubud, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati extended a welcome mat to Ubud for artists, both foreign and domestic, paving the way for the establishment of the Pita Maha movement in 1936. The Pita Maha is widely credited with acting as the early catalyst for Bali’s place as a center for the arts.

The son of Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati, Tjokorda Gde Agung Sukawati (Cok Ace) who is the head of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI-Bali) and the former regent of Gianyar, remembers his Father’s keen love of the arts and his readiness to provide work space for visiting artists such as Dutch painter Rudolf Bonnet, Spanish painter Antonio Blanco and German painter Walter Spies. 



Together with Spies and Bonnet, the elder Sukawati,who died in 1978, established the Pita Maha that became the point of inspiration for many Balinese artists, including the legendary artist and architect I Gusti Nyoman Lempad.

Cok Ace’s Father also built Bali’s first museum of art – Puri Lukisan – that survives and prospers to this day together with its collection of classical Balinese paintings.

The other recipient of the award was German Walter Spies who died as a prisoner-of-war when a Japanese bomb sank the vessel carrying him to Ceylon in 1942. During the 1930s, Spies redefined painting and, to some degree, the performing arts in Bali. He influenced young artists through Pita Maha, made films on Bali and co-authored a compendium on Balinese dance and drama still valued as a reference book to this day.


Sex and Drug Parties in Bali?
Bali Attorney Alleges Event Organizer Providing Drug and Sex Parties for Foreign Tourist

A Bali-based lawyer who has worked on many high-profile drug cases in Bali has painted a sordid picture of illicit sex and narcotics on the Island.

In news carried in The Bali Post and DenPost, well-known attorney H.M. Rifan told a discussion group on narcotics held in Bali on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, that an illegal Event Organizer (EO) in Bali prepares narcotics parties in local villas in Nusa Dua replete with a range of sex services.

He said remote villas in Nusa Dua, Uluwatu and Pecatu located on cliffs and ravines are used for the drug and sex parties.

At the same discussion, a representative of the Bali office of the Anti-Narcotics Agency (BNN), estimated that drug abusers in Bali number more than 50,000 with perhaps 20,000 of that total involved in dealing drugs.

BNN extrapolates that Bali consumes a minimum of 7 kilograms of illegal drugs each day.

Authorities worry that the combination of illegal drugs and recreational sex will have the additional negative effect of increasing the rates of HIV/AIDS infections in Bali.

Police officers from the Narcotics Division of the Bali Police expressed surprise at Rivan’s report, promising to investigate his allegations further. Wayan Tantra of the Narcotics Division of the Bali Police warned that such investigations would take time as those organizing such activities select places that are difficult for police to detect their criminal activities.

Separately, the chief of the Bali Tourism Agency Kadispar), Ida Bagus Kade Subhisku, said that the alleged drug activities of illegal EO could not be tolerated and would be fully investigated. He said that his office would be coordinating with police, immigration and other agencies to shut down the alleged illegal Event Organizers in Bali organizing sex and drug themed activities.

He told Bisnis Bali that his office did not yet know about the alleged EO organizing drug and sex parties. He said the report was still a rumor and must be thoroughly checked for its accuracy.


Blow into the Tube
Indonesia Trialing Roadside Breath Analysis in Order to Reduce Drunk Driving

The Indonesian Police have commenced using roadside breathalyzer testing in Jakarta and Central Java in order to reduce the growing number of traffic accidents linked to alcohol consumption.

Using the state-of-the-art Dräger Alcotest® 7510 the Indonesian police are able to conduct roadside evidential breath testing that conforms to the highest international standards.

The head of the Metro Jaya Traffic Police in Jakarta, Hindarsono, supervised the first use of the equipment on Saturday, December 8, 2013, when the new breath testers were deployed in three separate areas of Jakarta.

Trial testing of the equipment is also being undertaken in Central Java.

In the first night of active deployments of testing 3 drivers were netted during 3 hours trial and released because the evidence collected is still being studied by the Indonesian law enforcement and judicial community.

Bali is carefully monitoring whether or not the police will formalize the use of the Dräger Alcotest® 7510 and extend it use to other locations, such as Bali, where drunk driving is a growing problem.


Pay as You Come
Bali by the Numbers: Visa-on-Arrival Collection Increase 13.3% in Q3 2013

The Bali Post reports that fees collected for Visa-On-Arrival (VOA) in Bali during the third-quarter of 2013 totaled US$18.7 million, increasing 15.14% over the amount collected in the second-quarter of 2013.

Citizen of a large number of countries are able to purchase a visa-on-arrival valid for 30-days use upon arriving in Bali and paying a US$25 fee. Visitors from certain select countries, including ASEAN member states, are exempted from obtaining a VOA.

A report published by Bank Indonesia states that VOA receipts increased 13.31% during Q-3 2013 when compared to the same quarter in 2012.

On a cumulative basis from January – September 2013 Bali welcomed record 2.4 million foreign tourists.

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How to Keep Them Down on the Farm?
Decadal Survey of Bali Agriculture Shows Rapidly Disappearing Agricultural Sector in Bali

The Bali Bureau of Statistics (BPS-Bali) have release their 2013 census for agriculture revealing some startling results.

In the census, undertake once every 10 years, it was revealed that the number of agricultural households decreased by 84,161 from the last census.

Households depending on agricultural enterprises in Bali now stand at 408,233, down from the 492,394 households recorded in 2003

The head of BPS-Bali, Gede Suarsa said the biggest decline occurred among agriculturalists working with livestock suffering a decline of 78,913.

The smallest decline was 3,851 in the sub-sector for fish farming.

Suarsa said the large decline in livestock raising happened because of the high prices currently being paid for farm animals and the change in the use of farmlands to other purposes that have caused many to sell their land holdings.

The 2013 agricultural census represents the 6th time the survey was undertaken by BPS-Bali since 1963.

The latest Bali survey shows 315,747 families still involved in livestock breeding, 238,484 families in cash crop agriculture, and 220,893 families undertaking plantation agriculture.

Professor I Wayan Windia of the Bali’s Udayana University blames the rapid decline in Bali’s agricultural sector on the change in land usage and the fact that working is farming was no longer considered profitable.

Professor Windia estimates 1,000 hectares of farming land is lost each year to other pursuits in Bali.


The Opposite of Progress is Congress
Denpasar Still Unable to Collect Foreign Workers Training Fee Due to Inaction by Lawmakers

The plan by the Social Service and Manpower Department for Bali’s capital of Denpasar (Dinsosnaker) to start charging foreign workers a US$100 per month training fee (IMTA) beginning in January 2013 is threatened by further delay.

Draft legislation that would allow the fee once paid to Jakarta to be now paid to the regional administration has yet to be ratified. For this reason, Dinsosnaker is calling on legislators to formally approve the legislation that has already been discussed and reviewed at length by lawmakers.

The head of Dinsosnaker-Denpasar, I Made Erwin Suryadarma Sena, said on Tuesday, December 3, 2013, the threat of being unable to start charging the foreign workers training fee in January remains very real as there is no legal basis to charge the fee without supporting legislation.

Erwin said that in 2011-2012 between 200-300 foreign workers held formal working permits. This would equate to US$360,000 in annual training fees paid to the Denpasar government once the necessary legislation is enacted.

The right to decentralize the US$100 a month fee from Jakarta to regional collection was granted in Government Regulation (PP No. 97) of 2012.

Regional governments have been entitled to collect this amount since January 2013, but because of a failure to enact empowering local regulations the fee remains uncollected.

The IMTA fee is purportedly to be used to fund skill training for Indonesian workers.

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Come as Scottish as You Like
Tickets Now on Sale for Robert Burns Night Saturday, January 25, 2014 at Bali Dynasty Resort.

Continuing a worldwide tradition than spans more than 250 years, the birth day and life of Scotland’s most famous poet Robert Burns (1759-1796) will be celebrated in Bali on Saturday, January 25, 2014 at the Bali Dynasty Resort in South Kuta.

As similar gatherings are convened on that date in Scotland and in every corner of the globe – the Bali “Burns Night” will be a gala celebration of the life, poems and music of the fabled Scottish bard Robert Burns who was born in Scotland on January 25, 1759.

While all are welcome – be they Scottish or merely “Brave Hearted” – seating is limited and early booking is recommended. Australian holidaymakers are more than welcome to join the festivites.

The evening will begin with pre-dinner drinks following by the traditional fare of:
  • Cock a Leekie Soup
  • Haggis
  • Neeps and Tatties
  • Rare Scottish Rib of Beef with trimmings and seasonal vegetables
  • Hot Sticky Toffee Pudding 
Free-flow beer and wine will accompany the dinner.

And, of course, guests are most welcome to dress as “Scottish as they like.”

Max Kay - a Famous Scottish Entertainer  and also a Western Australian Icon will be on hand serving as Master of ceremonies for the evening. Max has appeared all over the world, including Canada and Carnegie Hall in the U.S.A.. 

With an extensive background in the performing arts and the organization of many Burns nights to his credit, Max will lead the evening of Scottish poetry and music, aided by members of the Scottish Diaspora living and vacationing in Bali.
born in Scotland and arrived in Perth in 1967. In 1976 he opened the Civic Theatre in Inglewood and wrote, produced, and performed his own shows. He closed the theatre in 2001 to pursue other interests including becoming a City of Perth Councilor.

In 2001 Max was awarded the WA Citizen of the Year for the Arts Culture and Entertainment category, while in January 2003 he was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia for services to the entertainment industry and for charitable works. He is the National Trust (WA Branch) President and is also on the Board of Swan Bells Foundation, the St Bartholomew’s Foundation and Curtin Radio 100.1.

In keeping with Scottish tradition, guests are encouraged to wear the plaid of their clan while enjoying authentic bagpipe music, Scottish song, Scottish cuisine and Scottish poetry. The Selkrik Grace will be offered, followed by the mandatory “address to the Haggis” celebrating the quintessential Scottish dish that will enters the room with much fanfare and accompanying music provided by a Scottish piper.

Following a time-honored ritual, there will be toasts, tributes, Burn’s songs and no small amount of humor to complement what promises to be a memorable evening.

Tickets for the evening cost Rp. 850,000 net (US$72) which covers cocktails, dinner and free flow beer and wine.

Select Scotch Whiskeys will also be available from a cash bar.

A 10% discount is available for advance purchasers of a table of ten.

The Bali Dynasty Resort is also offering special accommodation rates for those wishing to stay the Resort in connection with Robert Burns Night.

For more information or to order tickets [Email


 
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