Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Bali Safari Selling 25 Craftsmen Products

Bali Safari & Marine Park in Gianyar regency selling for woven bag, carved, sculpture, woven fabric, silver and Balinese woven fabric as the products of 25 craftsmen.

“We give a chance for UMKM in Gianyar selling their products. This program also cooperate with Industrial and Trading Affair of Gianyar Government,” said the manager for marketing and communication “Bali Safari and Marine Park”, Astrid W. Iswulandari, in Gianyar, Tuesday.

She propose that for the last three years, Bali Safari locate at Jl. By Pass Ida Bagus Mantra and become the holiday destination for foreign as well as local tourist trying it’s best in giving better appreciation toward every effort conducted by Gianyar people.

“Superior product produced by those craftsmen, we help them to sell it in bale banjar area of Bali Safari. The superior products sell in term of souvenir or Balinese gift. The price around IDR 20.000 up to the expensive ones,” she said.

According to her, the products are those with export quality. Besides in order to develop and open better business opportunities for local craftsmen, this training also aim for the people to introduce Gianyar as one of the craft center in Bali.

Meanwhile, head of Industrial and Trading Affair, Wayan Sumba, says the entrepreneur position watching over local craftsmen is part of good synergy between the government, BUMN – Government-Owned Enterprise – and Entrepreneur toward the development of UMKM.

“We hoped for what had been done by Bali Safari could become quite an example for other entrepreneurs to keep conduct training for craftmen,” he said.

News by Antara Bali

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Intensify Bali Cattle Development

Bali Husbandry Agency intensifying cattle development through spawn cow for the group of cattle farmers.

“This year we assisted 760 spawn cows for 38 integrated farmers,” said the head of Husbandry Agency for Bali Province, Putu Sumnatra, Denpasar, Monday.

Through spawn cows delivering when the mating season come hope it could fastening population escalation as well as fulfilling market demand.

“Cattle development have bright prospect as interisland trade especially to fulfill consumer needs around Jakarta,” he said.

According to Sumantra each group received 20 cows with a hope that they could breed and fulfill the need for spawn cows in eight regencies and one capitol city in Bali.

Those spawn cows assistance also followed by byre development as well as cow dung waste processing in order to reuse it as environmentally friendly fertilizer.

Each group of those integrated farmer also assisted with one biogas unit to process the waste into energy utilized either for cooking or lighting purpose.

Putu Sumantra added that through the support from Bali provincial budgetary and fund for 2010 besides could arrange for spawn cows, it also directed for the deployment of 88 goats of superior type.

Those goats assistance is given to two group, each with 44 goats.

Putu Sumantra explained that the development pattern for that integrated agriculture development will be developed by related institutions prioritize more villages with more than 35 percent poor people.

Bali still has 40 unit integrated agriculture pattern spread in eight regencies and one city.

The integrated agriculture development developed by Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika and his Vice Governor, AAN Puspayoga as an effort to raise farmer income and prosperity.

That pattern had been poured into a project in 2009 on to ten locations with fund support around two billion Rupiah in other word each location with two hundred million Rupiah.

With the existence of that project, the activity developed in 2010 hope would not face any meaningful obstacle and problems.

News by Antara Bali

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Bali Threatened Lost 12.000 Japanese Tourists

Bankruptcy that befalls Japan Airlines (JAL) will certainly affect Bali. One of them is the closure of JAL direct flight from Japan to Bali and vice verse.

“JAL will close their Bali-Japan flight starting from October 1st 2010. With this closure, Bali will lose 400 Japanese tourists per day,” said GM Angkasa Pura I co. of Ngurah Rai airport, Heru Legowo, Monday (May 10th).

He added that for all along JAL brought 400 passengers per day or 12.000 per month. This closure also affected Ngurah Rai income.

But, what they most concerned about is the impact toward Bali tourism industry.

All this time Japan is considered large market for Bali tourism industry seen from its tourists as well as handicraft products export.

It is estimated that the closure of flight path and JAL bankruptcy also part of global economic recession.

Although, Heru confident that the flight path would not changes the foreign tourists interest to visit Bali as their favorite destination.

“Starting from June 2010 there are some airways planned to add their number of flight to Bali,” he said.

He said that most of those airways added their schedule for Bali-Australia route.

Two airways certainly would added their flight schedule are AirAsia and Strategic Airlines. Both of them would add one flight from Denpasar to Perth.

With this increasing, Strategic Airlines will have three times flight per week.

There will also daily flight from Denpasar to Darwin starting in September 2010 operated by Pacific Blue. Before, there is an Australian airway with four times a week flight.

December 2010 Cebu Airlines will open new route Denpasar-Manila with three times per week flight.

In the beginning of 2011, Vietnam Airlines will open new flight Denpasar – Ho Chi Min as for three times flight per week.

News by Berita Bali

Sunday, May 9, 2010

People in Bali Used Their Suffrage

The people in five regencies/city in Bali on Tuesday morning used their traditional custom went in throng delivering their aspiration at their respective voting sites in relation with regional head election.

That head of regency election held in Karangasem, Bangli, Badung, Tabanan Regency as well as in Denpasar City.

The people delivering their aspiration to choose their region head used Balinese traditional custom meanwhile those who are not Hindu adjust.

Head of Komisi Pemilihan Umum (KPU) Bali – General Election Commission of Bali – Lanang Perbawa hope for all people who have suffrage on those five regencies/city to come to the election sites and choose their leader.

For the people who received summon letter but had already listed hoped could come to the election site to vote.

The vote held up to 01.00 p.m. before the committee proceeds to counting the votes.

“All committee should count the votes starting from 01.00 local time,” Lanang Perbawa said.

He reminds, even though before 01.00 most of the people had come to vote the committee should remain to wait until the exact time to anticipating the probability of one or two people who late.

That becomes the emphasize considering the teachers who watched for Elementary Schools’ National Exam still doing their job until 10.00 a.m.

That is why, he said, it needs anticipation whilst waiting for at the vote sites up to 01.00 p.m. All steps in this regional head election hoped could run smoothly and in a conducive atmosphere.

Due to this election also, all offices are in holiday. That holiday is only for government institution in five regencies/city held for the election whilst for the remaining four regencies keep giving the appropriate services.

According to Head of Publication and Documentation at Public Relationship and Protocol Bureau of Bali province, the decision to determine Regional Head General Election as a holiday is genuinely to give those employees time delivering their aspiration as well as trying to make this democracy party into success.

News by Antara

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

ASEAN Failed Agreed on Extradition Treaty

An ASEAN Senior Official Meeting of Law Department in Nusa Dua Bali failed to agree on treaty existence or an agreement for extradition between countries in South East Asia. That extradition proposal which proposed by Indonesia, only supported by Malaysia and Thailand. Head of the meeting, Ahmad M. Ramli confessed that most of the ASEAN member rejected the existence of extradition agreement and tend to choose the extradition orientation which shall not binding. Read more about Asean Extradition Treaty here.

Monday, May 3, 2010

Multi Business Targeting Bypass Mantra

Jalan Bypass Prof. Dr. I.B. Mantra especially from Ketewel Village-Lebih Village Gianyar now becomes the multi products business center. It affect, one of them, is the local land price soured doubled since 2004 and that area known as the golden lane of Gianyar now threatened to be chaotic.

Information from Nusa Bali in that area on Friday (April 30), the land price at bypass roadside now around Rp 130 million to Rp 150 million per acre. As far as the land buyer bravely offers up to Rp 200 million per acre. Before, when bypass was not penetrating Gianyar yet around 1998 it only sold for Rp 10 million per acre. Some businessmen from Denpasar, Badung and many other started targeting the area as it is followed by land broker roaming the area.

Pekaseh Subak Betuas, Keramas Village Gianyar, I Nyoman Soma Wirawan S. Sos., said that bypass existence make South Gianyar up to South Klungkung rapidly evolving. This condition due to Denpasar condition that overly crowded makes the only on Denpasar development directed to the east. Soma tolerating the effect of that development, such as land price rising. This is because of the area suits for multi business development for goods and services.

NusaBali observation toward toward varied business built in this area, among them are building material shop, service, concrete factory, fruit juice beverage package factory, shopping centre, café and more.

Gianyar Vice Regent, Dewa Made Sutanaya suspected land price rising tend to shake land owners’ mind to sell their land in spite of rent it.

“But that suggestion could not persuade that people since they had tempted by the land high price. It is indeed such a dilemma,” he said.

His party added, another affect from that area development is a dilemma maintaining the area as a holy area, according to RTRW Bali province that is a system tends to profane economic development. “Those two things are contrasting each other so we need to coordinated it with Bali Provincial Government. It kind of pity if economic potential such as beach is not developed,” he said.

News by NusaBali

Thursday, April 29, 2010

13 Canada Travel Agents Work On East Bali

Thirteenth travel agents from Canada as encourage by Indonesian Republic Embassy in Ottawa are visiting Bali for further plan managing east Bali tourism object into their tour menu. The group which consists of 14 people arrived in Bali on Monday (April 26) and scheduled to get back into their homeland on May 2nd. As been delivered by the marketing director of Hai International Tour, Michel Lariviere, one of the biggest tour operator in Canada, in his press conference in Seminyak, Badung, on Monday. It is mentioned that the agent management from Canada would like to visit some tourism objects in East Bali that has not been widely probe. Read more about Canada Travel Agents in Bali here.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Airport Expansion Budget Increase

Due to number of people insistence inserting Bali architecture in Ngurah Rai Airport expansion design draft in which the demand is fulfilled, make there is 20 percent budget ascension takes place, from its original fund that is only IDR 1.7 Billion. Thus, as been confessed by the project director for Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport Development, Sri Unon Setyasih. She said that the final draw had been finished by her design team and will be delivered to Badung Regent, A.A. Gede Agung in this week. Read more about Airport expansion Budget here.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Thousand of Europe Tourists Left Bali

International flight, especially for Europe destination starting get back into normal followed the re-opening some of Europe flight path after six days closed to the volcanic ash disturbance. On Thursday (April 22) around thousand of Europe tourists left Bali. Foreign airways such as Pacific, Korean Airlines, Thai Airways, Qatar Airways and Malaysian Airlines starting to active once again. Two of those airlines had transporting their passengers for around 500 passengers from Europe to leave Bali. Read more about Europe flight in Bali here.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

BFC Promotes Indonesian Films in United States

The Bali Film Center (BFC) will hold an exhibition in Los Angeles and California, promoting a number of Indonesian tourist destinations and objects which could serve as backgrounds for movie making.

Manager of BFC, Ineke announcing the exhibition actual date when in Denpasar Saturday that the event on film making location promotion supported by Ministry of Industry will be held from April 15 to 17, 2010.

“BFC will present the film making locations throughout Indonesia including those which UNESCO has also used, namely Borobudur, Prambanan and Ratu Boko temples,” she said.

She also said that encouraging and supporting film making in tourist locations and resorts are the quickest ways of promoting and introducing Indonesian tourist spots and destinations to the world.

She also added that BFC has arranged meetings with several film industries, studios and companies to identify and offer film and television for development and promotion in a number of locations in Indonesia.

The Indonesian government, she added, has made a strategy to secure film projects in the country, the success of which was proven by the recent presence of Columbia Pictures in the production of “Eat, Pray, and Love” in Bali starring Academy Award winner Julia Roberts.

In Los Angeles, she added, BFC will show a film “Merah Putih” (Red and White) which had earned an appreciation from the American Film Directors Association. Produced by Margate House, the war film against a background of the situation in 1947, described a fight for freedom in the life of three young cadets.

BFC, she added, is a private organization with a commitment to promote Indonesia as a location for film making and film production center, both domestic and international projects. Set up in 2002, this organization provided the first access to contacts for foreign producers, film companies and film studios with an interest in film making in Indonesia.

Tourism Central of Bali looking for PHRI Chairman Figure

Central tourism area, that is in Badung regency, is seeking for candidates to take charge of PHRI chairperson in 2010-2015 period. The vote will take place at Discovery Kartika Plaza Kuta, April 13, 2010. First Secretary for Branch Meeting Committee for Perhimpunan Hotel dan Restoran Indonesia (PHRI) Badung – Hotel and Restaurant Association – Ni Made Eka Maha Dewi in Denpasar on Sunday night, hoped for lots of tourism industrial parties would have enough interest to become part of that organization management. Read more about PHRI Chairman election here.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Pattaya Thailand Mayor Visiting Denpasar

Pattaya Thailand mayor, Itthipol Kunpcoms and his group observe closely the management of save community system belongs to Denpasar City Government, Bali.

That observation conducted after met with Denpasar Mayor, Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra in his office, Denpasar, Tuesday.

Kunpcoms Mayor said that he was impressed and amazed with “one roof” service system applied by Denpasar government.

Besides, he also praised the information service system based on science and IT that able to hastening the service process to the wider community. The service covers varied of life aspects, especially disaster management supported by the people.

“The arrival of Thailand group to Denpasar gain lots of benefit and wisdom,” said Mayor Kunpcoms who also had visited the radio station of Denpasar City Government, RKPD 91.45 FM.

In that occasion also the guests group confessed that they had held a live broadcast in English guided by Laksmi Saraswati.

He mentioned that one gate service conducted by Denpasar city government could bring about bright achievement.

“The example of that success is deserve to be replicated and applied in order to raise the service for Pattaya Thailand citizen,” he said.

Pattaya Mayor, Itthipol Kunpcoms and his group members while stay in Bali also visiting some of tourism objects such as Besakih temple, the biggest temple in Bali located at the slope of Agung Mountain in Karangasem regency, the eastern part of Bali Island.

News by Antara Bali

Saturday, April 10, 2010


Tuesday 6-Thursday 8 April – I'll be in Sao Paolo in Brazil for the launch of the Brazilian edition of the Lonely Planet Magazine.

Tuesday 20 April – I'm speaking at Meetings & Events Australia in Melbourne

Friday 14-Sunday 16 May – it's the Margaret River Arts Festival at that popular wine producing area south of Perth, Western Australia. ;

Wednesday 16 June – It's the International Hotel Investment Forum in Macau

Thursday 4 November – At 4 pm I'll be speaking at the Adventure & Backpacker Industry Conference and at 630 pm I'll be involved in the awares presentation.

Saturday 20-Sunday 21 November – I'll be at the Australian Society of Travel Writers annual conference. ;

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Hard to Limit Minimarket Development

Head of Pelayanan Perizinan Terpadu (KPPT) – Integrated Authorization Service – of Klungkung office, Putu Suarta stated that it is difficult to limit minimarket development in Klungkung regency. Even though the minimarket existence, sooner or later would shut off traditional market considering its distance that is close each other.

“Moreover, I’m not yet seen any regional regulation that controlling the distance between minimarket and traditional market. But I will check it with technical institution,” said head of KPPT Klungkung, Putu Suarta on Friday (April 2nd).

Suarta mentioned, authorization approval for minimarket establishment in Klungkung for all this time refers to the regulation/decision of Industrial and Marketing Minister especially for those in relationship with Surat Izin Usaha perdagangan (SIUP) – marketing business authorization letter – and tanda daftar perusahaan (TDP) – company registerazion sign -

When asked about commission B of Klungkung council statement, Komang Gede Ludra who conducted sudden inspection to several minimarkets, stated that evaluation is needed in authorization approval process, Suarta mentioned that he still looking for the condition and situation development latter. It is due to the global marketing era, he said. Off course the competition becoming harder, while hoped for the traditional market together with its sellers should conducted developments so they could compete with the existences of minimarkets.

“How could traditional market could stimulate costumer arrival,” he added.

Before, member of commission B conducted sudden inspection into several minimarkets in order to see minimarket development in Klungkung that keep push over the traditional market existence. Traditional market sellers started to feels its impact. They who usually crowded by the buyers everyday starting to get fair, in latter effect, it could affect in numbers of income for further effect in seller economic rate.

“Seeing that problem, commission B of Klungkung council held sudden inspection to several minimarkets. Members of commission B said that several authorization had approved by related institutions in Klungkung Regional Government for minimarket, had against local regulation. Especially in term of its distance with the traditional market. That is why they forced the government evaluating those authorizations approved. So economic balance is fulfilled. After all, said Ludra, from several minimarkets, not all of them used local labors with them.

News by Bali Post

Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Sole Inheritance of String-Woven Fabric Jembrana

Perhaps most of us will disbelieve that West Loloan village famous for its Muslim community also has cultural inheritance potential such as string-woven that nowadays being forgotten gradually. Rahmat Hidayat (30) is the only one string-woven artisan who still survive in the middle of fabric textile interference. It is called string-woven because when the making of its motive, the cloth-making material is made from tiding threads into varied of specific forms. The woven pattern is varied enough, starting from decorated parallel lines, pots, brackets stars, dodol slices and sweet me so every month we could produce up to 20 sheets,” he said. In fact, Ayat has seven non-machine looms but only three of them could be use due to the lack of labor,” he said. Read more about String-woven fabric in Jembrana here.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

The Government Should Adopt World Silent Day

Kolaborasi Bali – Bali Collaboration – for climate change suggested for the government to adopt World Silent Day as one of ways to fighting against climate change. This suggestion is due to the fact given by Nyepi day of Balinese that could reduce 23 thousand tons emission for their one day of silence from any electricity, motor, port and airport activities. The same suggestion also comes from United Nation. This suggestion proposed in a joint petition together with world silent day memorial on Sunday (March 21). Read more about World Silent Day here.

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Banjar Anggarkasih Sanur Won the First Place

From Ogoh-ogoh competition held by Denpasar government in order to celebrate Nyepi and their capitol city annual anniversary, had already has its winners. They are Ogoh-ogoh “Wayang Sapuh Leger” made by Sekaa Teruna Dharma Yowana Br. Anggarkasih Sanur of South Denpasar to win the first place in this competition with 6.335 point from the seventh juries. It is followed by ST. Yowana Saka Bhuana, Br. Taensiat Denut District with 6.325 points and ST. Werdi Sesana, Br. Tege, Denut District with 6250 points, respectively as the second and third winner. Meanwhile for the fourth, fifth and six places won by ST. Swastika Br. Pekambingan, ST. Br. Gemeh and ST. Eka Cita Br Abian Kapas Kaja. Read more about Ogoh-ogoh competition here.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Denpasar Government Conducting Health Safari

Denpasar government is routinely conducting health safari into each banjar or village in their territories in order to raise their people health rate.

Head of Denpasar Health Agency, dr. Luh Sri Armini in Denpasara, Thursday, said that this activity aiming for the people health escalation.

“In order to give the best health service for Denpasar citizen, then the government conducting this kind of health safari activity,” Sri Armini said.

Besides health safari, she also conducting people data who suffered from cataract for further follows up with surgery.

“For cataract surgeon will be centralized at Denpasar Mayor office,” she said.

Head of Banjar Medura, Sanur Kauh Village, South Denpasar, Made Suardika confessed that this health safari is helpful especially for lesser people.

“Government concern toward their people health is always high considering this health safari not merely conducting when election issue become a hot fuzz, this kind of activity had been conducted regularly starting from posyandu paripurna up to health safari,” he said.

Although, said Suardika, the citizen who welcoming this health safari enthusiastically in concern with the high price health could cost for the people.

“In this health safari, besides give basic health check, they also give free eye examination as well as giving free glasses,” he said.

In the future, Suardika wish for this kind of activity could done more intense and routinely considering health as the most important thing to be concern with.

Meanwhile, a citizen who went through health safari, Made Sudarta, confessed that he was very helpful with this kind of activity.

“Although puskesmas – health care center – did not charged them still with health safari activity in every banjar could lightening their burden for health check,” said Sudarta.

News by Antara Bali

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Badung Produce Passion-Fruit Syrup

Food Processing Group Mekar Sari, Banjar Tinggan, Plaga Village of Petang district produced passion-fruit syrup that its launching conducted by Badung Regent, A.A. Gde Agung at Wantilan Pura Penataran Pucak Mangu on Thursday. In that occasion, the regent instructed straightly that all of the Satuan Kerja Perangkat Daerah (SKPD) in his territory oblige to buy that passion-fruit syrup as it will be marketed around Bali and other areas. The syrup would not only marketed in Badung area but also wish for the local tourism agency to make a new break through with introducing this local passion-fruit syrup product to the tourism agencies, either to hotels, restaurants or else. Read more about passion fruit syrup production here.

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Water Board Need to Form Immediately in Bali

Bali provincial government need to form immediately Lembaga Komisi Irigasi (Komir) – irrigation commission institution – and Dewan Sumberdaya air (Dewan Air) – water board – to protect the system of irrigation organization and traditional farming (subak) from outside intervention who also needs water.

Professor of Agriculture Faculty Udayana University, Prof. Dr. I Wayan Windia, M.S., said that Institution of Irrigation Commission and Water Resource Board is part of Bill No. 7 years 2004 concerning water resource.

He said, through forming those two new institutions, subak would not has any connection with the outside parties anymore especially in term of water irrigation problem who had already utilized by the farmers since a long time ago. “That irrigation water hoped could utilized continuously and not like what happened nowadays where lots of irrigation waters by some companies become water in package instead for irrigation,” said Windia in Denpasar on Sunday (February 28).

Water dedicated for the farmer utilized by some parties for business interest outside agriculture ground. Subak has no ability in facing that numerous problems.

“This make subak unable to face with outsides pressures causing the farmer land dried and give no result at all,” he said. Windia also added that if komir and water board has been formed would make them could deals completely with the outsiders who want to utilize the irrigation water.

That is why Bali Provincial Government as well as Regency and City Government in each of their area hopes to encourage the formation of two new institutions who could nurturing and protecting subak. This is very important considering subak as part of Bali’s art and cultural life.

News by NusaBali

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Java-Bali Illegal Travel

Illegal travel business serve in and out of Bali Island through Gilimanuk Port get increase. To deceive the officer, this travels usually arrive or leave Bali at night.

According to the information gathered by Bali Post on Monday (February 15) yesterday, private cars of minibus typed able to carry seven to nine passengers are frequently operate lately. With black plates, they serve Surabaya and Malang destination, up to Middle Java.

There were control operations before conducted by Transportation Agency and Jembrana provincial government. “Lately, that operation becomes dimmer. Several legal bus management companies and legal travels who feels disadvantage ask for related institution operation constantly,” said one of the officers at Gilimanuk. According to him, these legal bus and travel companies that disadvantage the most. Usually, that illegal travel operates while using L300 with DK’s plat number to deceive the officers.

Their target is domestic tourists as well as settlers who want to go into Bali. The price is slightly cheaper than what offered by a legal travel, but their existence is a troubling ones since they have no accident insurance in case of an accident happen.

“When they get back into Java, they will bring other passengers and it usually was their constant costumers,” said one of the night bus management. Moreover, Provincial Transportation Agency was heavily amid record travels and taxi fleet nowadays. To tighten the operation then it should be conducted too along Denpasar-Gilimanuk Street.

“Not merely in Gilimanuk, if it is needed then along Denpasar-Gilimanuk too will have its operation,” said this longhaired man.

In another side, Head of Traffic and Transportation Agency at Jembrana Transportation, Communication and Information Agency, I Ketut Eko Susilo could not contacted because he was out of town. Meanwhile, Standly Suwandhy said that Provincial Transportation Agency already has planned to conduct control operation of public transportation including within it, is illegal travel. His party currently is still coordinating the operation schedule.

News by Bali Post

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Polda NTB Open SMS Traffic Center

In order to maintain their service as well as increasing it especially in term of traffic service, Polda NTB open SMS traffic center, so those who are on the road could report problems on field faster than before. This new service at the same time also demanded for the police officers to react faster than before due to the text send by the traffic road users. Read more about Polda NTB SMS service here.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Quick Visa Operation

Minister of Culture and Tourism Jero Wacik officially announce Immigration on Board operation at international arrival of Ngurah Rai Airport. This service contain high consideration from the people as well as from the government could attract more tourists come to Bali. This service also could reduce the queue at the counter of Visa on Arrival (VoA). Immigration management service and visa on board during flight is a new break through and welcoming well by the Japanese tourists. Nowadays, IoB implementation itself is still limited to Garuda Indonesia flight from Narita Airport of Tokyo Japan into Ngurah Rai Airport in Bali. According to Jero Wacik if they receive positive respond from those foreign tourists then it is not possible for them to apply this kind of service into other destination. Read more about Quick Visa Operation here.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

150 Indonesian Labor Candidates Fail to Work in New Zealand

There are 150 Indonesian labor candidates who loss billion of Rupiah due to the fraud case initiated by PT Bali International Gemilang (BIG). Among them, there are 24 labor candidates reported it to the Police – Poltabes Denpasar – and another group reported it to the Dit Reskrim Polda Bali.

Made Artawan, a delegation from those 24 labor candidates said that the fraud case has been reported to Poltabes Denpasar – Denpasar central police office – with the number of their report was LPB/1921/X/2009 on October 17th, 2009. “We are the second group that had deceived, the other half was reported it to Polda Bali – Bali Provincial Police –” he said on Monday (January 18).

Made Artawan who live on Lembu Sura Gang II/5 Denpasar said that they reported three leaders from PT BIG to the Poltabes Denpasar. They are the Managing Director Nengah Sukata, Executive Director Putu Suanaya and Director Nyoman Wirasusana.

In his explanation, they are all were 24 people registered at PT BIG to be placed at grape plantation company in New Zealand.

By the company they was asked paid Rp 30 million for their departure money and they should paid Rp 10 million for administration and notary and for the remaining number of money, according to them was dedicated for subsidy.

“But me and the rest of my friend still doubted it made us merely paid them Rp 5 million as well as for graduation and ID Card photo copy charge. We also had to pay Rp 700 thousand for passport,” said Made Artawan.

Whilst, we waiting for the departure time, the company suggested for the labor candidates followed English language training process for our work stability in New Zealand. However, when we keep waiting, none of us departed. The company off course claimed that the departure is still under process.

“We also been asked to undergone medical check-up for our VISA application, but we continuously visiting the office,” he said while confessed that BIG’s office keep moving, first it was at Jalan Kargo Permai then to Tunjung Sari and lastly it at Jalan Siulan Denpasar.

In 2009, according to Made Artawan there is a bright point they will departure soon. It is due to the PT BIG cooperation with PT. Oeska in Jakarta, led by Director Nunut Tri Admojo.

“Again, we asked for money, in total it was Rp 55 million. We asked to pay it for Rp 27.5 million and the remainder will subsidized by Puskopad,” as he continued to confess while being accompanied with his friends.

Finally, before went to New Zealand that should be on August 6, 2009 last year, we stayed at Hotel Grand Menteng, Jakarta. But unfortunately none of that companies members accompanied us, neither from PT. BIG nor from PT. Oeska.

“Then after we investigated it, the fact was PT Oeska only local labor distributor. On August 8th we were moved from Mess Koni Pusat duen to the plan of august 9th departure,” he said.

But, even on that date also we failed to depart under the reason that our VISA and Passport unfinished yet. In Jakarta, we still survived ever since PT. BIG Company promised us again that we will depart on August 13th.

“Because finally there was no any departure, we give the company 2 options, return to Bali or give us compensation. There were group of our friends who stayed in Bogor and we don’t know how their condition at there was,” he said.

When we arrived in Bali, they keep conducted meeting with the company to find their departure solution.

But it was imprinted that the company did not pay any attention at all and keep spend more and more of their time. Get bored with that treatment; finally, those 24 labor candidates reported it to the Poltabes Denpasar with total loss of Rp 1.4 billion.

Pahumas Poltabes Denpasar, Kompol Made Mundra when confirmed separately mentioned that until today they still does not received any report from reskrim poltabes investigator. “Not yet, I haven’t accepted any report yet, I’ll check it first then,” he confessed.

News by Berita Bali

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

PLTG Gilimanuk Trouble Again; Rotating Black Out Haunted Once More

Rotating black out is haunted Bali once more. PLTG Gilimanuk who newly repaired on Thursday (January 7th) in fact having a problem once again. Commencing from Friday (January 22) and starting from 04.43 p.m. rotating black out happened again. Disturbance at PLTG Gilimanuk was admitted by the public relationship of PT PLN Bali distribution Agung Mastika. On that Friday, January 22nd the disturbance at PLTG Gilimanuk took place when temperature bearing of this PLTG suddenly raised. According to him, PLN did not dare to force operating the engine that recently repaired. “Since we afraid that it will overload then we decided to turn it off,” said Mastika on Sunday (January 24).

Mastika has not yet decided the cause of that sudden increase of temperature bearing. The blackout is intended to cooling down the machine. According to him, during the cooling period, PLN officers still looking for the source of problem. Thus, make Mastika still could not explained the reason behind PLTG problem.

“We still do not know the cause for now. We keep searching for it during this cooling down process,” he added.

As for PLTG Gilimanuk maintenance during the last two months had caused PLTG shut off 130 Megawatt of electrical supply in Bali. Means, the electrical capacity in Bali remained only 440 Megawatt only. Whether when it’s reached peak load could get to 490 Megawatt. According to him, when there was black out from PLTG Gilimanuk, electrical course in several points were extinguished. Mastika ascertain that almost all regencies/city in Bali undergone rotating black out from PLTG Gilimanuk. “We do not know about the percentage. But it is clear that every regencies/cities in Bali went through blackout,” as Mastika explained.

Mastika could not ascertain until when will this PLTG black out takes place. But he personally wish for after the recent black out happened, there will be no black out anymore in Bali. “We are very sorry for our costumers due to this inconformity and wish for the same thing would never happened again,” he confessed.

News by NusaBali

Friday, January 22, 2010

Bali Needs International Standard Transportation

Bali as an international destination needs to have international standard transportation system for the behalf of Bali tourism itself.

“As an international destination, we should have international standard transportation system to support Bali’s tourism world,” said the Head of Bali Transportation Service, Drs. I Made Santha in Denpasar on Monday

After the inauguration of structural official of echelon II in Bali Province Environment by Bali Governor, Made Mangku Pastika, he said that all this time, transportation system in Bali or Indonesia starting to get crowded. Furthermore, public transportation just could not develop well.

He said, the service toward their passengers also not professional makes lot of people tend to ride their private transportation rather than using public transportation.

“Number of vehicles continuo to get raise meanwhile the existence of public transportation get cornered. As for that problem, the traffic condition at highway becoming worse,” he said.

Santha, former officer of Bali Cultural Service said that some of develop countries have very good public transportation. Furthermore, that transportation system supports their tourism activity.

“The tourist will get easier to go to their aimed tourism object with the same tariff with the local people. Meanwhile in Bali, the people and the tourist could not enjoy that service,” he said.

He added that some problem on land transportation sector should rearrange immediately. Moreover, Bali that is an international tourism object, in the future need to give transportation service that is more comfortable and safe for the tourist and local citizen.

“I will take some study and gathering several data related to the Bali’s transportation condition, since this transportation problem could not considering as a new problem,” said Santha who began his carrier from Transportation Service.

News by Antara Bali

Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Dredged Rice-Field

Tens of rice-field at Subak Amping and Subak Uma Dewa located in Keramas Village, Blahbatuh Gianyar get damage due to the dredged activity. That productive rice-field area now becomes excavated area of dredging soil’ sale and purchase by an investor.

This case revealed on yesterday Friday (January 8th) in a meeting between subak people of Pekaseh, Perbekel and investor in District Head Office. This meeting led by the Head District, A.A. Suryadiputra by presenting relevant institution such as BLH, Dispenda, Badan Perizinan as well as Muspika Blahbatuh.

In that meeting, it revealed that the dredging activity on agricultural land had already long enough precisely since 1995. Now, the easier access through I.B. Mantra Street make nature exploitation becomes easier where it conducted in the course of productive agricultural land. Ironically, that dredging activity is charged retribution fee by Gianyar government. Whereas, that dredging activity did not has authorization from the regional government.

That dredging activity upon tens hectare rice-field is indeed already has authorization from its owner but they eventually could not see the impact of it in the future. Among them, there are farmer who piled up on the soil since beside their land has already dredged and feared could cause erosion when rice planting season come.


The investor who dredged the soil used excavator bought that land for Rp 300 thousands per 100 square meters. The farmer who merely has small income in the end contracted his land for dredging and gain more profit.

Quarrying worker, Wayan Balik Suarjana said that from the contract the owner has gain million of money. “Moreover, there are rice-field owners that has already taken their deposit and waiting for their land to be dredged,” he explained.

Meanwhile, the dredging process with eight meter depth without any buffer feared could trigger erosion. Looking for the dredging activity that will cause trouble only since they are not pays attention toward the environment. One of the citizens, IGA Putu Parsa, wished that related institution to watch that dredging activity. Pekaseh party who all along didn’t know about charging fee said the dredging activity had influence Subak activity. This, include irrigation channel, tax as well as regular charged.

In Friday morning meeting, Head District Suryadiputra suggested not to widening, expanded and deepened again for the time being.

The remaining dredged land still could be transported. Besides the investor also need to stop those contract transactions until there is an authorization toward that activity.

News by Bali Post

Monday, January 18, 2010

3.1 Billion Teachers’ Professional Allowance Scattered

Indication considering teacher professional allowance in Bali gets scattered sticking to surface. Teachers’ conversation with their colleagues about the delayed allowance that should have receives in the end of 2009 from National Education Department was scattered. If it gathered all, at least there was 3.1 billion Rupiah of dispersed.

It reveals in several schools. NusaBali sources mentioned that some Junior High School and Vocational Secondary School teachers wandering for the remaining number of their allowance in the end of 2009 that is incomplete. Tens of teachers then complained to – the Head of Bali Educational, Youth and Sport Institution – Kadisdikpora Bali – due to the slaughtering of their allowance fund from the central government distributed through their account. Though it merely in a small number.

Admitted by the Kadisdikpora Bali, Wayan Suasta when confirmed on Tuesday (January, 12th) at his office that those teachers allowance is divided into two precisely twice a year, for the last second period in 2009 not all of them been distributed. “If we count the number per person, it is indeed was a small number to consider about, but if we count it whole amount with the number of teachers in Bali, it will be billion of money,” Suasta said.

5.426 Elementary Teachers receive professional allowance. In the end of 2009 they should have got Rp 139.087.472.000 but in fact they merely collected Rp 138.382.872.000, minus Rp 704.600.000 or for about Rp 129.856 per person.

Meanwhile for Junior High teachers, Vocational Secondary teachers and High School Teachers are 2.226 teachers, and all of their allowance get scattered too. The authentic amount was Rp 56.522.836.000 but the transfer rate was Rp 54.078.636.000 it lost Rp 2.444.200.000 or minus Rp 1.098.023 per person. “They wandering for it since it was their right. We had already sent a letter to the National Educational Department asking for that deficiency. If we count it per person, definitely it just a small number of money, but it was their right from the beginning, off course they get wandering where did it gone,” said Suasta. He also mentioned that those 7.652 teachers received their professional allowance from DIPA fund as it was in budgetary fund of 2009.

News by NusaBali

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Boat Swept by the Big Wave; Fishermen Afraid to Sail

A boat belong to Desak Putu Astini (37) from Batununggul village of Nusa Penida was nowhere to be found. It was suspected that the boat tied ashore at Batununggul beach and get swept by the big wave subsequently it get dragged into the middle of the sea. Some people then tried to find the boat but there was nothing to be found. It result in Rp 8 million financial lost make her reported it to the Mapolsektif Nusa Penida – police office at Nusa Penida -

High wave and strong wind happened at the sea area of Nusa Penida recently not merely threatened people’s boats tied ashore but also endanger their safety who determined to sail.

“Last time we sailed was on Tuesday (January 12). At that day, the weather was unpredictable,” said one fisherman from Suana Nusa Penida, Wayan Suwita.

This fifteen years old fisherman confessed that it has already three days he did not sail whilst this is the season for kerapu fish. This kind of fish is expensive make the fishermen suffered quite big loss. Everyday in its season, the fishermen could catched 10 kilogram kerapu for Rp 35 thousand per kilogram.

“But its better than forced it but threatenign our life,” he said while mentioned that while the fishermen stopped sailing they rather choose to have holiday at Klungkung. In relation with the missing boat case, Kapolsektif Nusa Penida, AKP. Made Sudartawan on Friday (January 15) justified that he had recieve the report. That boat tied on Thursday (January 14) then when it checked the next day in the morning, the boat was gone. The police and local people or local fishermen tried to search for it but they found nothing.

“Perhaps the ship has dragged into the sea or it has drawn. This last three days the weather is in a bad condiiton. There is high wave and strong wind blow around Nusa Penida,” said kapolsek.

News by Bali Post

Friday, January 15, 2010

Moslem and Hindu for Petik Laut Jembrana

Generally, petik laut ceremony especially in jembrana is identical with Moslem atmosphere. But it get different petik laut ceremony at Candikusuma beach of Candikusuma village, Melaya Jembrana on Sunday (January, 10th). In that ceremony two different religions that is Islam and Hindu prayed together one by another in one place with varied of ceremonial tools.

The pray began by Islam religious leader that is followed by all of his people meanwhile for Hindu’s with their offering will get the last part. “This together praying is a prove that we valued highly the unity of religious community” said the Head of Communication Forum Between Religious Community of Melaya District, Nengah Suwenden.

Suwenden viewed petik laut ceremony and that together praying as the form of human loyalty toward God since what they enjoyed for today is belong to God only. Besides with this petik laut and together praying will showed our religious unity. “I wish for other villages will followed our lead in Candikusuma,” he hoped.
Meanwhile, Jembrana Regent, Gede Winasa in this event said that the source of the most natural disaster happened on this earth is due to the ecosystem exploitation in large scale without deep consideration toward its preservation. Thus, make this petik laut ceremony as well as together praying has strong relevance with ecosystem preservation effort especially in sea.

Winasa invite all people not to stop the ecosystem preservation at that petik laut ceremony only. This activity should become the inspiration for uniting our perspective and steps for all of the people lived at coast. “As well as our introspection time considering how far does our effort in maintaining the balance of nature around us,” he assessed.

Winasa also valued this petik laut ceremony as one effort to maintain our relationship with the nature so it will always be friend with the human. Protecting the sea is important since it contain lot of potential. It makes the sea could give welfare for all parties. “Be light not in the shining place,” he said. The chairman of organizing committee, Sutikno, confessed the important meaning with petik laut ceremony as an appreciation for every bless God given to human all along. This ceremony is part of the fishermen way’s in expressing their grateful to God and ask for protection against disaster. “Moreover, this petik laut in relation with together praying activity has close relationship with mutual respect in religious community,” added Sutikno.

News by NusaBali

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Highways will Spend Rp 300 Billion

A project that will be a way out for traffic jam at Simpang Dewa Ruci (mazy) Kuta will be tilled soon. DPRD Bali estimation toward the project that has been pushed by the central government and has received green light by PHDI – Highest Hindu Council – is estimated spend Rp 300 billion. DPRD Bali remain have high expectation to the provincial government in tilled that project while manage the fund from the central.

The council think that there is no problem followed that project. “The provincial government should prepare themselves together with DPRD Bali in proposing the project into central so the fund from APBN – National Budgetary Expense – will fully focus onto this project. We estimated that it will cost Rp 300 billion until its finishing. If that fund still couldn’t make it than we have to share it perhaps from APBD Bali – Bali Budgetary Expense – and will be installed per year. With same share about 50:50 percent sharing,” said the head of commission III DPRD Bali, Putu Agus Suradnyana on Monday (January 4th). According to Agus Suradnyana the highways project planned built at Simpang Siur Kuta is part of infrastructure development that is not against the border of purity. Since merely in Simpang Siur that is not close with holy area. “Moreover the core of traffic jam is at Simpang Siur. It is due to the numbers of traffic lights and cause traffic jam. With this highway, the vehicles from Nusa Dua-Sanur could straightly going through without any obstacle. Now it’s the time for Public Labour to socialize it. Next week we will invite PU Bali to make everything clear concerning Bali Provincial Government steps toward this project.

Meanwhile for the Bali Provincial Government who still doubts that highways project at Simpang Siur projected will solve traffic jam problem at that area. The project supported by DPRD Bali as a reaction effort toward central government suggestion perhaps will going through long phase again. The provincial government confessed that after gained justification from PHDI and LSM peduli lingkungan – environmental care of People’s Social Institution – then DPRD could maintain it into project design. Kadis PU Bali, Sura Adnyana through Kabag Humas and Protocol Ketut Teneng separately said that if there is no justification and authorization from PHDI then provincial government would not be able precedes this project.

“We will socialize it first then ask PHDI for their recommendation. Concerns about consultation between the provincial governments with PHDI there is no problem at all. Including with Ida Pedanda Made Gunung,” said Teneng. According to him also, there is no presentation as well as study yet make we couldn’t proceed with design making.

“Every comment will be gathered. Whether from PHDI, DPR and people institution that devoted for environmental care,” assessed Teneng.

News by Nusa Bali

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Three-Hour Rain for Under-Water Singaraja

Hard rain in Buleleng for three hours cause the city of Singaraja submerged. Several main roads and housing filled with water up into their house.

Most of people in Singaraja on Thursday (January 7th) panicked. The pouring rain caused several area submerged by flood whilst the people get hurried to save their property.

“The water had as high as adult waist and we had no preparation with this sudden flood, we save some properties that could be save first, including my children whom I left on guard to my parent-in law,” said Ketut Mertada (33 years old), the citizen of Kaliuntu village of Buleleng district.

From observation, the three-hour rain which caused uncontrollable surge of water.

High water volume happened in several important areas in Singaraja City such as East A. Yani Street, Anggrek Street, Nangka Street, Lely Street, Tasbih Street, Melur Street, Serunia Street and Kartini Street.

Meanwhile in West Singaraja, the flow of water also submerged west A.Yani Street due to the overflow from the rice-field’s water, which couldn’t able to hold the water.

Several trees in Singaraja city also collapse, as it happened at A. Yani Street precisely in front of SD – Elementary School – 1,2, and 5 of Banyusari.

News by Berita Bali