Sunday, August 23, 2009

Governor Refused Komodo Relocation to Bali

Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika has finally agreed the recommendation of the Chairman of the House of Representatives (DPRD) of Bali, Ida Bagus Putu Wesnawa, with regard to plan to relocate komodo to Bali. “I do support DPRD in refusing the relocation as the right habitat for the species is in Komodo Island”, Governor Pastika said after an assembly to adjust Bali regional budget.

He also expressed an opposite opinion against reproduction as the reason for relocating komodo to Bali as expressed by the Minister of Forestry. He believes that the best place for genetic reproduction of the species is in its original habitat, not in Bali. “Beside, komodo has been the only trade mark of the East Nusa Tenggara which deserves protection”, he added.

Previously House Chairman Wesnawa expressed his support in refusing the relocation when he met Komodo Care Forum. The reason for the relocation, for reproduction at Bali Safari Park, as expressed by the Minister of Forestry, is considered improper. Komodo Care Forum believes that the reason is just an excuse to cover commercial interest. Therefore House Chairman Wesnawa sent a letter to the Minister of Forestry to refuse the relocation plan.

Meanwhile the general assembly has approved a deficit of Rp 353,637,815,803 in Bali budget of 2009. Revenue was adjusted by Rp 251,565,343,415 into Rp 1,661,108,445,333. Expense was adjusted by Rp 370,773,183,718 into Rp 2,014,746,261,136.

In a final review made by joint spokesman Gede Kesuma Putra, the house exposed several notes which require extra attention of the executive.