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April 14, 2011

Governor Views Review of the Island of Bali by TIME Magazine as Constructive Criticism

Governor Views Damning Review of the Island of Bali by TIME Magazine as Constructive Criticism.


Bali News: A Very Matter of Fact Governor in Bali
A very damning appraisal of Bali's environment and development written by Andrew Marshall for TIME ["Holiday in Hell: Bali's Ongoing Woes"] was met with outrage in many quarters in Bali and Indonesia.

However, Bali governor Made Pastika chose to take a more sage approach; admitting the article that found Bali's beaches dirty and its crime rate rising as "in keeping with the facts in Bali."

Pastika reviewed the article, which appeared in the April 1 edition of TIME, saying: "We have to be introspective about the TIME article. We have to admit that Bali isn't clean, there's lots of trash. The fact that there's lots of garbage can be used as a reason (for change); we have to correctly handle the problem. That our sea water in Kuta is polluted with plankton is part of a natural phenomenon cannot be used as a reason. There has to be a way so the skin of the tourists does not itch."

Pastika said the Time article has prompted him to seek the assistance of all elements of the island to create an island more in keeping the reputation of Bali being a heaven on earth.

Pastika concluded: "Our job is to make Bali like a heaven. A Bali that is clean, not congested with traffic, neat and with good people. Later, it's for other to judge us, not for us to do. So, what TIME has written is factually correct. Whether we're a heaven or a hell, it just an opinion. What people want to see: is there action or not?"



Massive Clean-Up Removes 100 Cubic meters of Unsightly Trash from Bali's Kuta Beach.


Bali News: Beach Combing with Bulldozers
26 garbage trucks and two loader were recently dispatched to Bali's popular Kuta beach to undertake an urgent clean up the large piles of flotsam, jetsam and other waste that has washed ashore in recent weeks.

The clean up which took place on Thursday, April 7, 2011, and quickly transformed the beach that had begun to resemble a rubbish tip into the once again pristine white sandy beach favored by Bali visitors.

According to NusaBali, the massive clean-up moved 100 cubic meters of unwanted trash off the beach.

Denying the clean up was prompted by critical comments on Bali's beaches from TIME Magazine, the head of Badung's Parks and Cleaning Division, Putu Eka Merthawan, said: "This is not because of the writings of TIME but merely our normal way of working and dealing with conditions in the field. This rubbish has come from various places because of natural factors. This type of cleaning has been underway since November-December of last year, but weather conditions continue to bring the trash ashore."

Merthawan admits that efforts to clean the beach are thwarted to some degree by a lack of equipment and the poor state of repair of the loaders use to clean the beach.

Clean up efforts on the beach involve the labor of government park workers, Kuta security officers and volunteers from the surrounding communities.

Merthawan suggests that a more effective way of keeping Bali's beaches clean would be to utilize boats that would skim the garbage floating one or two miles off Bali's shore.


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