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BALI UPDATE #967 - 16 MARCH 2015

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Bad News for Nominee Land Ownership
Agrarian Minister and National Land Agency Chief Say Foreigners Owning Land Will have their Lands Nationalized

The Minister of Agrarian Affairs who is also the head of the National Land Agency (BPN), Ferry Mursyidan Baldan, told Kompas.com that his office will soon survey and inventorying land “owned” by foreigners in Indonesia.

“It is absolutely not allowed for foreigner to  own a single inch of land in Indonesia. This is as stipulated by the National Constitution,” said Ferryafter attending the re-launch of a magazine on zoning in Bandung on Sunday, March 8, 2014.

The Minister’s comments were also reported by the State News Agency Antara.

The survey and inventorying of land “owned” by foreigners, according to Ferry, must be done to verify that there is no land in Indonesia controlled by foreigners.

“According to international law, only the home of a foreign ambassador and the Embassy can be owned by foreigners (in Indonesia),” he said.

The Minister said there is a great deal of land in Indonesia, particularly in tourism areas such as Bali and Lombok, that it owned (illegally) by foreign nationals.

In Bali and Lombok many foreigners control land through nominee landowners, using legally questionable powers of attorneys and fictive mortgage agreements. The Minister’s statement has many in the property sector concerned that land could be confiscated by the State or documents used to establish illegitimate foreign control of land declared invalid. The latter could create a windfall for the nominee who would then be established as the sole and rightful owner of the land.

When Ferry was asked what sanctions can be imposed on foreign nationals known to illegally own land in Indonesia, the Minister replied “there is no sanction.”

“There’s no need for sanctions, we will just divert possession of the land. We will ask if he has an Indonesian wife and divert the land to her. But, if he doesn’t have an Indonesian wife, then the land will be taken by the State,” Ferry explained.

He assured that the coming survey and inventorying of land ownership thought to be “owned” by foreigners will be done in an orderly manner. “This will not be done in a half hazard way.  We are doing surveys (in such a way) as to avoid creating an uproar. We are inventorying, not conducting raids. So there is not need for anyone worrying or being frightened."

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In the Best of Taste
Indonesian Culinary Expert Says Indonesian Restaurants Operating Abroad Should Stay True to Form

Culinary expert William Wongso accuses many Indonesian restaurants operating in foreign lands that fail to win popularity of making the same mistake.

“Indonesian restaurants operating abroad and  trying to make their recipes meet local tastes end up with dishes that lack Indonesian flavor,” said Wongso quoted in Bisnis Bali

The loss of Indonesia flavors in these dishes served overseas results in dishes lacking in any authentic Indonesian character. In trying to meet local tastes, the spicy hotness of an Indonesian recipe gets toned down.  The reasoning put forthfor this is the mistaken belief that people in the West don't like spicy food. Changing recipes to meet a misconceived local preference for food that doesn't taste Indonesia reflects, according to Wongso, a lack of belief and self-confidence in authentic Indonesian flavors.

The senior statesman of Indonesian food diplomacy, Wongso said one way of preserving the authentic quality of Indonesian food is through the use of Indonesian spices and ingredients. Citing one example, Wongso said the Indonesian dish of rendang tastes much better when made with coconut milk from Indonesia as opposed to coconut milk made in Thailand. “Thai coconut milk is different; it’s indeed best to used in Thai cooking,” he said.

Continuing, Wongso said that Asia nations with cuisines that are now internationally popular and accepted, such as Thai and Japanese food, preserve and promote local spices and ingredients to ensure authentic flavors.

Wongso also complained that in many places abroad, Indonesian restaurants are located in hard to fin out-of-the-way places.


Bali Hamlets Powered by the Sun
Governor Pastika Invites Denmark to Help Bali Develop Solar Energy Sources

Bali’s Governor Made Mangku Pastika has invited Danish investors to help the Island meet its growing need for electricity.

Quoted by the State News Agency Antara, Pastika said while receiving a visit by Casper Klynge, the Ambassador for the Kingdom of Denmark on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, “We plan to develop new source of energies, such as solar energy, because Bali has sunshine throughout the year, both in the rainy and dry seasons, that is being lost.”

The Governor told the visiting Danish Ambassador to Indonesia that Bali’s electrical energy needs were currently being met with electricity from Java and several generating plants on the Island powered by diesel fuel or coal. For this reason, said the Governor, his administration needs to develop solar energy sources.
 
Solar energy is being used on a very small scale in the regency of Karangasem in East Bali and in the regency of Bangli.
 
“Because of this, we have inviting investors from Denmark, if one is interested, to invest in solar energy in Bali,” added Pastika.
 
The visit to Bali by the Danish Ambassador Casper Klynge to the office of Bali’s Governor served as Klynge's personal introduction to Bali in his new role as Ambassador and to officially advise Made Mangku Pastika of plans by Queen Margareth of Denmark to visit Indonesia, and possibly Bali, in late October 2015.
 
Ambassador Klygne said he hoped the coming Royal visit would intensify cooperation between the Island and Denmark in key areas of culture, education, tourism and business.


Hearing Only What They Want to Hear
PT TWBI Accused of Railroading Public Hearing Process on the Reclamation of Benoa Bay

Metrobali.com reports after allegations were leveled that the environmental action group ForBali had a falsified address, the activist environmental group opposed to the reclamation of Benoa Bay eventually were invited to attend a public hearing held on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, hosted by Tirta Wahana Bali International (TWBI) – the company seeking to reclaim large areas along Bali’s southern coast.
 
The hearings were held to address the environmental impact of the reclamation plan in Benoa Bay.
 
Joining the appearance at the hearing with ForBali was Bali Friends of the Earth (WALHI-Bali), the Center Hindu Coordination in Indonesia (Puskor Hindu Indonesia), the Manikaya Kauci Foundation, the Kuta Forum of Struggle (Forum Kuta Perjuangan), Alcoholic Rider Bali and a number of private citizens opposed to plans to reclaim Benoa Bay.

Those opposed to the reclamation and development of Benoa Bay into a resort and recreation area attended the hearing to question the legitimacy of the public consultative process being used in formulating the environmental impact review of the controversial project.

Addressing perceived shortcoming in the public hearing process, Wayan Gendo Suardana, the coordinator for ForBali accused TWBI of failing to include all elements of Balinese society in a public airing on the reclamation plan. Suardana specifically cited a failure to include the fishermen living on the shores of Benoa Bay and the village leaders from the communities living around the Bay who have been vocal in their opposition to reclamation.
 
Commenting on the exclusion of local citizens from the public hearings, Gendo said: “This was very strange because the traditional village of Kelan that is adjacent to the traditional villages of Kedonganan and Tuban, are all integral parts of Benoa Bay who have published their repudiation of the reclamation project.”
 
Also absent from the discussion, according to Gendo, were representatives of the public from the regency of Karangasem from where the soil to reclaim the bay will be mined.
 
Similarly, Gendo claims, many people who will be affected by the environmental impact of the PT TWBI and  who have opposed the project for the past two years were not invited to participate in the public hearing.
 
He contends that without a free and open discussion of the Benoa Bay reclamation project it should be concluded that the environmental impact review (AMDAL) for PT TWBI is failing to be transparent, accountable and qualitative.
 
Gendo said any hearings must invite community youth leaders (pemuda adat), community organizations (LPM), tourism industry members and tourism organizations in Bali recognized by the Government.
 
ForBali also claims that the convening of the AMDAL public hearings has been done in a manner that does not conform to the law.
 
ForBali and WALHI Bali have formally registered a note of protest on how the AMDAL hearing process has been conducted by PT TWBI. A similar protest has been lodged with the Minister of the Environment and Forestry with copies sent to the Bali Environmental Agency, the Badung Environmental Agency and the Chairman for Anti-Corruption Agency (KPK).
 
After registering their protest, ForBali, WALHI-Bali, Puskor Hindu Indonesia, the Manikaya Kauci Foundation, Forum Kuta Perjuangan and Alcoholic Rider Bali  walked out of the public hearing convened by PT TWBI.

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Garuda Singularly Safe in Indonesia
Garuda Indonesia Cited as the Only Indonesian Airline Meeting IATA’s Strict Air Safety Standards

Detik.finance.com reports that Indonesian aviation as a whole is still ranked as “Level 2” by the U.S.A. Federal Aviation Authority (FAA).

According to a statement released by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) the only Indonesian airline confirming to the highest international safety standards is Garuda Indonesia Airlines as set by IATA’s Operational Safety Audit (IOSA).

Tony Tyler the CEO of IATA, speaking at an “Aviation Day” ceremony in Jakarta on Thursday, March 12, 2015, praised IOSA certification as the accepted international standard for aviation safety and the key for improving safety standards. Tyler revealed that from among the 62 charter airlines and scheduled airlines operating in Indonesia, only Garuda qualifies for IOSA certification.
 
Tyler explained that the rate of aviation accidents among airlines holding IOSA certification is much lower than that of airlines lacking certification. Statistically, 1 accident occurs once every 900,000 flights among the 396 airlines with IOSA certification, while 1 accident tales place every 300,000 flights by airlines without IOSA certification.
 
Tyler said IOSA certification programs are underway in Latin America, China and Nigeria that have resulted in measured improvements in air safety.
 
The total membership in IATA numbers 251 airlines while IOSA certification is in place for 400 international airlines.
 
IATA members are required to hold IOSA certification, but non-IATA airlines are eligible to earn IOSA certification.
 
IOSA certification requires airlines to undergo rigorous independent audits with more than 900 operating requirements that must be met,
 
Recertification reviews are carried out once every two years.


Who Wants to be a Millionaire (in Rupiahs)?
Indonesian Tourism Minister: Weakening Rupiah Will Bring More Tourist Visitors

As the exchange rate of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. dollar passed the 13,000 mark, Indonesia’s Minister of Tourism Arief Yahya declared to Travel.detik.com that the soaring rate of the Rupiah would have a positive effect on Indonesian tourism by attracting more foreign visitors.

Yahya feels that the weakening of the Rupiah against the dollar makes Indonesian a more competitive tourism product.

The Minister’s comments were made following a seminar on improving the connections between Indonesian islands at his office in Jakarta on Tuesday, March 10, 2015.

The Minister said that Indonesian exports would also benefit from the weakening Rupiah.
 
Comparing exports to tourism, Yahya said he hoped the high Rupiah rate would attract more tourists to Indonesia.


Short of Breath
Australian Woman Found Dead in Legian – Kuta Hotel

Metrobali.com reports that a 55-year-old Australian woman has died in a Legian, Kuta Hotel.

The body of Michele Glenda Smith was discovered by a hotel employee at 8:00 a.m. Friday, March 13, 2015 when the employee noticed the door to the room occupied by Smith was ajar. Calling out to the room’s occupant that her door was not locked, the hotel worker discovered upon further inspection the stiff and lifeless body on the room’s bed.

Smith, in the company of her sister and friends, had checked into the hotel on March 7, 2015 and were scheduled to check out on March 20, 2105.

Prior to her death Smith had complained of breathing difficulties and sought treatment at a clinic located near her hotel.

The woman’s body was removed to the Sanglah General Hospital in Denpasar where a forensic examination revealed no signs of trauma. Doctors confirmed that the woman’s body showed signs of asphyxiation with blue lips and blue skin under her finger nails.

Doctors estimate the woman had died 8-12 hours prior the discovery of her body.

Police believe Smith died to natural causes due to a respiratory infection and are awaiting instructions from Smith’s family on whether an autopsy is to be performed.


Bali on the Run
4th BII Maybank Bali International Marathon on Sunday, August 30, 2105

The Fourth running of the BII Maybank Bali Marathon will take place on Sunday, August 30, 2015 along the Ida Bagus Mantra Highway and through surrounding villages in the regency of Gianyar.

Quoted by Kompas.com, the president director of BII, Taswin Zakaria, announced the 2015 date at a Jakarta Press conference on Thursday, March 12, 2015, saying: “The selection of this date has taken many factors into consideration, including the fasting month, the Idul Fitri holiday and other holidays in Bali. We have also looked at the calendar for other marathons being held both nationally and internationally.”

Registration for the BII Maybank Bali International Mararthon commences on April 18, 2105 via www.balimarathon.com .
 
Competition will take place in three categories: full marathon (42.195 kilometer), half-marathon ((21.09 kilometers) and a 10 km event.
 
“Participants for this year will be limited to 5,000 athletes. This decision has been taken to increase the security and safety of the runners,” said Taswin.
 
In 2014, a total of 4,500 runners from 49 countries participated in the BII Maybank Bali International Marathon.
 
BII Maybank has also announced its intention to increase the number of awards to top finishers in the national category in the hope of stimulating more participation from Indonesian runners.


Shopaholic Therapy in Nusa Dua
World Class Ceramics and Candles Products from Bali on Offer to Shoppers at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali Arcade

The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali recently added to new exclusive retail outlets to the range of shopping options at its boutique shopping arcade. The additional of Kevala Home and Natural Light Candle Company now complement the resort’s range of shops representing the very best of Bali retailing.
Kevala Home
 
Kevala Home specializes in hand-made products and contemporary statement pieces created by a skilled team of Balinese artisans. The company produces functional items that embrace both beauty and durability. Each piece is individually handcrafted celebrating ultra-slight variances in glaze, size, texture and weight. The opposite outcome of the mass production process, no two pieces produced by Kevala are exactly alike.
 
Found in some of the finest homes, hotels, restaurants and spas around the world, Kevala’s years of experience and insatiable appetite for fresh concepts in stoneware design can now be seen is evident in the array of pieces now on display at The Westin Resort Nusa Dua, Bali.  

Natural Light Candle Company

Candles calm the mind, lift the spirit and bring a touch of luxury into the home. Natural Light Candle Company produces handmade candles using traditional means in its large Bali workshop. Talented artisans using long-burning natural beeswax blends and fine European fragrance oils individually handcraft each candle. The company is the only one of its kind in Asia to receive the UNESCO Award of Excellence for Handicrafts.
Natural Light Candle Company products were formerly only available at high-end department stores such as Bergdorf Goodman, Bloomingdale’s and Takashimaya. With the opening of its Westin Nusa Dua outlet, shoppers in Bali can now access a range of decorative candles rooted in the art of traditional handicrafts that are both eco-friendly and indulgently sophisticated.


The Beach with No Beer
Surfers and Beach Traders Lament Plans to Ban Beer Sales on Bali’s Beaches

Elements of Bali’s tourism community are protesting a regulation from the Minister of Trade that will outlaw the sale of beer on Bali’s beaches.

Beritabali.com reports that those opposed to Trade Ministry regulation No.06/M-DAG/PER/1/2015 outlawing the sale of beer on Bali’s beaches will adversely affect the lower economic classes in Bali.

The regulation will forbid the sale of beer and other alcoholic beverages at minimarkets, warungs and convenience stores. Those wishing to buy beer will, once the rule is enforced, be compelled to purchase beer at supermarkets, restaurants and bars.

Joining tourism operators opposed to the “beer ban” are also a number of Bali-based artists who are calling on the government not to outlaw the sale of beer, but to, instead, establish age limits for those allowed to purchase alcoholic beverages.

Piping, a surfer on Kuta Beach told beritabali.com: “Wherever there are surfers, there is certain to be beer. Beer and surfing share a common identity; they can’t be separated. I can't imagine a surfer that isn’t holding a beer while surfing.”

Piping’s comments were made at an open discussion with the topic “What Will Happen When Beer Disappears from Bali’s Beaches?” held at Warung Tresni in Denpasar on Friday, March 13, 2015.

It is Piping’s view that beer with an alcohol content of less than 5% is unlikely to cause public drunkenness or brawls on the Island’s beaches. He added that enjoying beer on a beach by tourists is only a part of preserving their physical stamina while swimming or surfing.

Continuing, Piping said: “They (the tourists) usually by beer from traders on the beach carrying a ‘cool box.’ Beer with only 5% alcohol content sand up until now has not cause brawls on the beach. Beer just helps surfers maintain their stamina.”

Meanwhile, a musician by the name of Remon attending the Denpasar forum said the government must be able to comprehend the impact of the ruling. He said he was not overly concerned if beer disappeared from Bali’s beaches, but was more worried if tourists also disappear from the beach.

Remon interjected: “Until now, small warungs in Bali usually sell beer. If the regulation of the Trade Ministry is implemented, I worry that our guests will disappear. We want an exemption from the enforcement of the Ministry’s regulations.”

Another artists, Indrawan affirmed that the majority of Bali tourists enjoy alcoholic drinks such as beer. Because of this, he worries that beer will no be able to be sold openly on the Island.

Indrawan added: “Don't compare Bali to other regions. Bali is special.”


19 Nations Eligible for Visa-Free Status
Japan, Russia, South Korea and China to Soon be Eligible for Visa-Free Visits to Indonesia

Tempo.co reports that the government will extend visa-free facilities to the citizens of four more countries in order to increase inbound tourism numbers to Indonesia.

The Coordinating Minister for the Economy Sofyan Djalil announced that President Joko Widodo will soon release a formal decision declaring ‘free visas” for the citizens of China, South Korea, Japan and Russia.

The announcement by Sofyan Djalil was made at the National Palace on Friday, March 13, 2015.

Once the Presidential decision is issued, the four countries will join 15 other countries already enjoying visa-free visits to Indonesia.

Sofyan said the 19 countries that will soon enjoy visa free visits represent 85% of all tourists that come to Indonesia.

In October 2014 plans were initially announced to include Australia in the list of visa-free countries, but later withdrawn when it was determined that Australia was not prepared to reciprocate by granting Indonesians free visa when visiting Australia.

The expansion of the number of countries eligible to visit Bali without visas forms part of structural adjustments now underway in Indonesia to enhance foreign exchange. Other adjustments include tax incentives and protection of Indonesian companies against dumping practices. 

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All in the Family
Family-Style Dining Every Friday and Saturday Night at Soleil – The Mulia Resorts and Villas – Nusa Dua

Following on the success of their popular Sunday brunches with free-flow wine, Family-Style Family Dinners are also now on offer every Friday and Saturday nights at The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas in Nusa Dua.

Family, friends and colleagues can now gather for an evening long parade of fine food enjoyed at a leisurely pace chosen from a Mediterranean menu or an exotic Asian feast of Indonesian, Thai and Vietnamese cuisine.

While the menu will change on a regular basis, a recent visit on a Friday night saw the following items on offer:

Family Style Family Dinner

Soleil - The Mulia, Mulia Resort & Villas, Nusa Dua, Bali

ANTIPASTI
Tonno Tonnato
Affettato Misto
Piovra alla Brace
Insalata Mista
Moleche


PRIMI
Ravioli di Manzo
Maccheroni alla Chitarra Di Mare


SECONDI
Grigliato Misto di Mare
Contorni


I DOLCI
assortment of Soleil’ s favorite dessert
Cantucci


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A Quarter-Century of Smooth Sailing
Bali Hai Cruises Celebrates its 25th Anniversary with a Group of Pleasantly Surprised Passengers

Bali Hai Cruises – Bali’s popular and most well known day cruise operator recently celebrated 25 years of transporting visitors on their “best day out” to Nusa Lembongan island the surrounding waters of Bali’s south.
a quarter century of clear sailing, guests boarding the Bali Hai II were invited to join the fun with shared cake and gifts during that day’s landmark cruise.
Hai Cruise’s general manager, Andrew Sutherland, commenting on the historic milestone, said: “We are proud and feel privileged to have had the opportunity to provide exciting day and evening cruises to our valued guests for 25 years. High quality products, customer service and safety have always been our highest priorities; this is also reflected by our 100% safety record during all 25 years of operations. Our aim in the future is to continue to develop our products and services and to strive to provide experiences of the highest standards to our customers.”  

Bali Hai Cruises operates six different day cruises featuring activities for the whole family, as well as two separate evening cruises.

Shown on Balidiscovery.com are pictures from the 25th Anniversary celebration shared with guests on Bali Hai II.

Aristocat - Castaway Cruise (Nusa Penida) – Bali Hai Cruises
 
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Dolphin Cruise – Bali Hai Cruise
 
Lembongan Island Beach Club Cruise – Bali Hai Cruises
 
Lembongan Island Reef Cruise – Bali Hai Cruises
 
Ocean Rafting 3 Islands Day Cruise – Bali Hair Cruises


Pop Goes the Rupiah!
Declining Rupiah Providing Profit to Bali’s Foreign Visitors

The weakening of the Indonesian Rupiah against the US Dollar and a host of other currencies is bringing something of a momentary windfall to foreign tourists visiting Bali.

Quoted by NusaBali, Helena, a German tourist said on Thursday, March 12, 2015, “I like it when the exchange rate increases because (it means) I can shop more.”

Marilyn, an Australian tourist added, “I can shop more and stay longer in Bali.”

Because of the large number of Rupiahs that can now be purchased with foreign currency, moneychangers in Bali are reporting a brisk business.

On Thursday, March 12, 2015 a check with a moneychanger in Sanur in Bali showed one US Dollar was purchasing Rp. 13,150; one Australian Dollar netting Rp. 9.585; one Euro got Rp. 13,660; and one Pound Sterling Rp. 15,350.

The exchange for the Rupiah is volatile, moving 39 points in a single day against the U.S. dollars on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

While Bank Indonesia is intervening to prevent an uncontrolled depreciation in the Rupiah, actions to date by the Central Bank have been, at best, restrained.


Bali Has a Major Narcotics Problem
Denpasar and Kuta Coded as Narcotics “Red Zones”

Police officials in Indonesia have coded Bali’s capital of Denpasar and Kuta as “red zones” – dangerous areas with know distribution channels and high levels of use for dangerous narcotics.

Quoted in Bali Post, the chief of the National Anti-narcotics Agency for Bali (BNNP-Bali), Brigadier General I Gusti Ketut Budiartha, said on Thursday, March 12, 2015: “As long as use levels of narcotics remain high, sales and distribution also remain high. In order to overcome the problem of narcotics it will not be enough for the police and BNNP to try to handle drug abuse, but will require a joint effort by all elements of society. If Bali want to get rid of narcotics, let us all declare a war on drugs.”

While the war on drugs in Bali continues apace, those dealing drugs continue to promote the illegal use of drugs.

In order to reduce drug use and abuse in Bali, tens of users have been captured and put through rehabilitation programs. BNNP-Bali is currently handling a number of ongoing arrests, trying to determine if those under arrest are users or drug dealers. “Reducing the number of drug addicts in Bali is one solution to reducing the circulation of drugs in Bali,” said Budiartha.

On Monday, March 9, 2015 five people were arrested by the Bali anti-narcotic division in various locations and with differing quantities of narcotics. When the police capture a user with even a small amount of drugs, that individual can almost invariably provide information that leads to more arrests, including the identyity of dealers further up the distribution chain.


There Goes the Welcome Mat!
Manpower Minister Pledges to Reduce Use of Foreign Workers in Indonesia

The State News Agency Antara reports that the Minister of Manpower Hanif Dhakiri is pledging to limit the number of foreign workers allowed entry to Indonesia in order to provide more employment opportunities for local workers

“I am in the process of preparing regulations connected to the employment of foreign workers, including the regulation of foreign labor in a number of companies,” said Hanif in Banjarmasin (Kalimantan) on Saturday, March 14, 2015.

Hanif emphasized that the number of foreign workers in Indonesian companies must be controlled and their working permits must be complete and formally processed.

The Minister said particular attention must be paid to the coal-mining sector in South Kalimantan on matters related to foreign workers.

One of the new regulations being introduced will require all foreign workers in Indonesia to demonstrate a competency in the Indonesian language.

Such regulations, according to the Minister, will limit the number of foreign workers in Indonesia.

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A Bet that Failed
Investor Tells Corruption Court in Denpasar, Bali of Payments Made to Klungkung Regent Wayan Candra to Establish a Casino Resort on Nusa Penida

The Bali Post confirms that a criminal conspiracy was afoot between the former regent of Klungkung Wayan Candra and investors to build a casino in Nusa Penida island.

Details of the illicit plan were revealed during the trial for corruption, graft and money laundering against the disgrace regent Wayan Candra on Thursday, March 12, 2015. In the corruption trial held in Denpasar, investor Adam Budiarto revealed that he has spent more than RP. 8 billion (US$ 640,000) beyond the cost of acquiring land and construction costs for a casino project for Nusa Penida for which promised operating permits from Jakarta failed to materialize.

Budiarto told the panel of judges how in early 2005 he had sent Rp. 2.5 billion (US$200,000) to the personal bank account of then-regent Wayan Candra. Because the promised operating permits for a hotel and a casino never materialized. Budiarto asked for the return of the Rp 2.5 billion paid to Candra.

Frustrated by the lack of a response from the Candra, in 2008 Budiarto sent an officiall warning letter (Somasi) to Candra. That letter warned Candra that if the Rp. 2.5 billion was not returned within one week after receipt of the letter a formal complaint against the Regent would be filed with the Bali police. Candra pleaded for more time, telling Budiarto that he was fully occupied at that moment with local elections.

Finally, in 2012 Candra returned the RP. 2.5 billion to Budiarto.

When the judge asked if communication had taken place between Budiarto and Candra during the period 2008 until 2012, Budiarto said repeated attempts to telephone the Regent ended in the phone being hung up. At one point, Candra issued Budiarto five check with differing dates to repay the Rp. 2.5 million but the bank refused the checks. The bounced checks formed the basis of a formal police complaint filed with
the Police against Candra. Candra also asked Budiarto for a 10% share in the hotel and casino once the project was in operation.

Adam told the judge that Candra original intent was good, but the firm rejection of a casino operation in Bali by the Bali Police Chief at the time made it impossible for the project to go ahead.

When asked to provide details of the Rp. 8.5 billion he spent on the project, Budiarto explained that he chartered a private jet from Macau to undertake a survey of Nusa Penida. There was also a survey undertaken for a 600 room cruise ship and the preparation of a 20-hectare plot on Nusa Penida. Some items were delayed further when a sub-district official made off with money intended to pay outstanding taxes. The missing tax money was also reported to police.

Wayan Candra denied before the Court ever requesting a 10% shareholding in the resort and casino.


Eight Meters of Illegality
The Crystal on the Bay Project is 8 Meters Too High and Infringes on Protected Mangrove Forest

DenPost reports that the deputy-regent of Badung I Made Sudiana has kept his promise and personally made a surprise inspection of the controversial seaside hotel project – The Crystal on the Bay located in the district of Benoa, Nusa Dua on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

When inspecting the hotel, the deputy-regent asked a number of local agencies to please take note of why people have objected to the hotel, while the maximum height allowed for buildings in Bali is 15 meters

The Crystal stand 23 meters high, a full 8 meters more than the maximum allowed in the Regional and Provincial Zoning Code (RTRW).

In the past, The Crystal Hotel received formal warning from the Coordinated Licensing Agency (BPPT) and the Zoning Supervision Agency (DCK-Badung) for building at significant variance with the approved drawings for the project and for exceeding height restrictions by 8 meters.

Deputy-regent Sudiana noted the hotel is not being built in accordance with the approved site plan and called on the hotel to follow all local rules and regulations.

It was also noted that the hotel had achieved an advance state of construction before obtaining formal building approval. Sudiana said this is a common mistake in Bali that often results in problems for the builder.

Sudiana blamed the large number of building code violations on poor control and supervision in the field, adding, “Business people make mistakes and the supervision from our side is weak.”

Sudiana is asking the owner of The Crystal on the Bay to follow all rules and regulations. “If there has been a violation of the height limitation, this has to be quickly adjusted,” said the deputy-regent. At the same time, he called on local enforcement agencies to be more diligent and pro-ac tive in the performance of their duties.

On the assumption that The Crystal on the Bay has 8 more floors that that allowed under Bali’s zoning and building code, some 35% of the building pre-sold strata title units would have to be demolished to bring it in conformance with the law. This does not include portions of the building that may infringe on set back rules from the mangrove forest and will also need to be demolished.

During Sudiana’s visit he made no mention of the hotel's alleged illegal infringement on the protected mangrove conservation areas and claims that the project has excavated protected mangrove lands.

During an inspection of the project on January 7, 2105 by members of the Provincial House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali), lawmakers found infringements of protected mangroves and were unable to find a clear demarcation between the hotel’s land and the protected public mangrove.

Excavations were found indicating the hotel was expropriating public conservations lands for their own use and the construction of a swimming pool.

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Working for the Yankee Dollar
Minister of Finances Signals Leniency for Tourism Sector in Requiring Financial Transaction in Indonesian be in Rupiahs

Despite an announcement by Bank Indonesia in late 2014 that all financial transactions done within Indonesia must be denominated in Rupiahs, the unsteady state of the Indonesian Rupiah has apparently caused the Bank to backtrack – at least as regards tourism transactions.

Bambang Brodjonegoro, the Minister of Finance, has announced that Bank Indonesia will treat the tourism sector leniently in imposing the rule on Rupiah pricing, assuring visiting tourist need not be afraid to pay in foreign currency when visiting Indonesia.

“Tourism is OK. Bank Indonesia will give freedom to cashiers at hotels to accept foreign currency, similar to moneychangers,” said the Minister, speaking at the office of the Vice-President on Wednesday, March 11. 2015 and quoted by detik.finance.com.

Foreign tourists, according to Bambang, are free to pay in U.S. Dollars at hotel cashiers. The hotels can then change the Dollars into Rupiahs. Continuing, the Minister said: “Go ahead. We will not make it difficult for tourists to pay using Dollars. When they pay in Dollars, immediately turn it into Rupiahs with the moneychanger operating in the hotel. The procedure is made easy. What’s important is that the transaction is (denominated) in Rupiahs.

Most hotels in Bali publish room rates in U.S. Dollars but issue invoices and bills in Indonesian Rupiahs.

The Minister said his office would establish “call centers” for the public to complain when transactions are still done in U.S. Dollars. But, the Minister added, the tourism sector would be treated as a special case.

Outside of tourism transactions, the Minister of Finance pledged his office would be more proactive in stopping transactions from taking place in U.S. Dollars.

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Rooting Out 22 Illegal Villas in Karangasem Bali

NusaBali reports that regency authorities in Karangasem, Bali are preparing to crack down the remaining 22 illegal villas still operating in that region of east Bali.

The villas that authorities believe are operated commercially but pay no taxes will be targeted by the Karangasem enforcement agency (Sat Pol PP) who will be recording the identities of the owners of the villas and ensuring they all hold the required operating licenses and are registered with the tax office.

The head of Sat Pol PP for Karangasem, Iwan Suparta, said that in 2012 some 124 illegal villas were identified in his regency, a number that has now been reduced to just 22.

Suparta told the press that the illegal villas resemble commercial villas and private homes with complete facilities. Most illegal villas are registered in the name of a local citizen and avoid paying any taxes in Karangasem.

Of the 22 illegal villas 7 are in Abang, 7 in Karangasem, 5 in Manggis, 1 in Sidemen and 2 in Kubu.

The chairman of the Indonesian Hotel and Restaurant Association (PHRI) for Karangasem, Wayan Tama, supports the planned crackdown on illegal villas, saying, “Let’s not let the foreigners stay in Karangasem for free; they have to pay taxes.”

Tama also said that many of the illegal villas in Karangasem also violate the 100 meter setback rule from the beach.


A Passage from India
Indian Tourist Numbers to Bali Up 47.52% for January-February 2015

The State News Agency Antara reports that Indian tourism to Bali has made a strong start to 2015 with 17,400 Indian citizens visiting the Island in January-February 2015, increasing 47.52% from the same period in 2014.

Bali is quickly becoming a favorite of Indian travelers who find the Hindu history and traditions of the Island both vaguely familiar and exotic. Developing at a distance and in isolation, Hinduism in Bali is a hybrid – and sometime almost unrecognizable variant of the ancient religion as it is practiced in India.

Expected to boost Indian arrivals even further is the convening of the 52nd Annual Conference of the Travel Agents Association of India (TAAI) and Exhibition at the Bali International Convention Center March 26-28, 2015.

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Overlooking the Obvious
Editorial: Indonesia’s Tourism Sector Being Overlooked in Current Efforts to Halt Rupiah's Decline

The rapid and worrying decline in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah against the U.S. Dollar and other major international currencies  has the Indonesian Government worried.

Fed by a fast mounting national debt that exceeds US$292.6 billion and weak fuel prices, the Rupiah zoomed past the Rp. 13,000 to one Greenback level and was trading at Rp. 13,145 on Wednesday, March 11, 2015.

In order to help apply the brakes on the declining value of the Rupiah, the Government is in the process of undertaking a whole range of remedial steps, including:
  • The Ministry of Finance is expected to quickly put in place special customs duties to prevent “dumping” trade practice.
  • Offering special tax incentives to Indonesian companies that export at least 30% of their production.
  • Exempting the national shipbuilding sector from paying value-added-taxes (VAT).
  • Steps to stimulate the production of bio-fuels as a means of reducing the import of fossil fuels.
  • Providing tax incentives to foreign companies operating in Indonesia who agree to delay the repatriation of annual dividends to their home  headquarters.
  • The Finance Ministry, Transportation Ministry and the National Association of Ship-owners (INSA) are jointly working on tax formulas for foreign ship owners.
  • Urging State-owned companies (BUMN) to get into the reinsurance business.
  • The Ministry of Finance and Bank Indonesia are urging that all financial transactions made in Indonesia are denominated in Rupiahs.
These steps and more are needed to halt the free fall in the value of the Indonesian Rupiah and prevent a resulting capital flight that will only worsen an already dire situation.

Tourism and the Indonesian Economy

The simple fact that tourism is an export that is often overlooked. And, as exports go, the foreign exchange yielded by tourism has a multiplying effect on the national economy unequalled by any other kind of export.

Tourism is a renewable resource. Tourism acts as a stimulus to foreign investment. Tourism creates well-paid job in the private sector employing millions of Indonesians who in turn purchase goods and commodities largely produced by other Indonesians. As far as exports are concerned: tourism is without peer.

A  Misquided Tax

It is against this background that urgent changes should also  be made by the Indonesian government in how the tour and travel companies in Indonesian are taxed.

At present, tour and travel agencies are required to pay a 1% VAT tax on their total revenues.

Charging such a tax makes no sense and, in fact, is hostile to the steps underway by the Government to save the rupiah.

Consider the following:
  • The 1% VAT charged to Indonesian tour operators leaves the very people mandated to promote Indonesian tourism at a competitive disadvantage. Because of this policy, it is cheaper for foreign customers to ignore or bypass the assistance offered by Indonesian tour operators and “go direct” to Indonesian hotels, venues and attractions - a route that would eliminated the 1% VAT of dealing with an agency.
  • Every piece of business sold by Indonesian tour and travel operators automatically results in airline sales, hotel bookings, meals and entertainments and other elements that are already subject to a 10% VAT or a 10% hotel and restaurant tax. 
  • The 1% additional VAT levied on the sales of Indonesian tour operators is a clear disincentive on sales promotion by the those best able to help package and promote national tourism – the members of the Association of Indonesian Tour and Travel Operators (ASITA).
  • ASITA members should pay taxes. But those taxes should be limited to payroll (PPh21) and corporate profit taxes (PPh25)
That the Government continues to charge a 1% VAT on the sales generated ASITA members discriminates aganst national businesses and is little better than the Indonesian government shooting itself in its own foot.

The tourism sector is willing, able and eager to help rescue and join forces to prevent the Rupiah spiraling out of control.

The question remains: Will the Government allow ASITA to join this battle?


A Bali Resident of Note
Indonesian Musician Indra Lesmana Moves House, Home and Studio to the Island of Bali

Next week one of Indonesia’s most talented musical icons will celebrate his birthday. On March 28, 2015 Indra Lesmana will turn 49 in newly adopted home of Bali.

I first encountered Indra and his musician father, Jack Lesmana, in the early 1980s. Indra, then still not old enough to drive a car, had just launched a watershed recording “Children of Fantasy” and was performing in the Indra Lesmana Quartet with his late Father, Karim Suweileh and James Morrison.

That first brush with Indra's prodigious talents was during that 1980s poolside interview at the Jakarta Mandarin Hotel while preparing an article for the Hotel’s newsletter. Three decades have now come and gone, but my initial enthusiasm for this extremely talented artist remains undiminished and I still find myself still writing about the boy-now-a-man's incredible musical talent.

At that time and not yet 17 years old, Indra had already been performing since the age of 10 and undertaken a course of study at the prestigious New South Wales Conservatorium of Music and no less than the likes of Chick Corea had confirmed Indra’s “musical wunderkind” status.

Before he was 20 years old, Indra was holding his own on stage in recording studio with the likes of Steve Brien, Dale Barlow, Tony Thijssen, Harry Rivers Steve Hunter, Andy Evans, Ken James, Vince Genova and Carlinhos Gonzalves.

The musical results were remarkable and resulted in major album labels albums released in Indonesia, Australia and the U.S.A. and numerous awards at international music festivals.

The world wanted more of Indra Lesmana and Indra wanted more of the world. Moving to California in 1985, Indra released his second international album “For Earth and Heaven” recorded in 1986 with Vinnie Colaiuta, Michael Landau, Jimmy Haslip, Airto Moreira, Charlie Haden, Bobby Shew and Tootie Heath. Indra’s singles “No Standing” and “Stephanie” earned hit status on Billboard Charts and extensive airtime on American radio.

While in the U.S.A, Indra not only immersed himself in furthering his musical skills, but also undertook a serious study of sound technology and record engineering. Those skills have seen Indra likened to Quincy Jones for his unquestioned skills as both a performer and as a producer.

Indra is a busy man. Performing on stage, television as a judge on Indonesian Idol, music educator and music-video producer – all form part of the busy workaday life of Indra Lesmana.

The good news for Bali is that Indra Lesmana has decided to bid Jakarta farewell and move to Bali as his new base. Indra recently told NusaBali: “Jakarta is best as city for business and politics. But for art and culture, Bali is the place.”

Accordingly, since 2014 Indra has been building a home and music studio on Jalan Waribang, East Bali.

Explaining the reasoning behind his move, Indra no longer feels a person has to live in the Nation’s capital to remain successful, adding: “Technology, the Internet – they're speeding ahead. In Bali we can record, make video clips, edit albums from here, make our own community, make it (the community) grow, and export it to the outside world. For example, 'Sinatra is Dead' (DIS) and Balawan - they don't have to exit in Jakarta to become known to the world.”

Lesmana went on to explain how the Jakarta music scene is changing: “The media is (now) very commercial. There used to be TV programs that fit our kind of music. These are now gone. These days only programs that will produce money from commercials are accepted. This is what we need to change by showing them that musicians don’t have to live in Jakarta. In Bali, we can progress.”

Lesmana proclaimed his special affection for the Sanur area of Bali that he feels still manages to maintain a balance with local culture and fosters creativity.

From  his new music studio in Bali Lesmana says he wants to help promote and train new musicians.

Happy Birthday Indra! Welcome to the neighborhood.

Indra Lesmana Website
 


Chefs with Chopsticks
Bali Culinary Luncheon on Saturday, March 28, 2015, at Golden Lotus Restaurant – Bali Dynasty Resort

The March luncheon of the Bali Culinary Professionals (BCP) will be held on weekend day, Saturday, March 28, 2015 at the Golden Lotus Chinese Restaurant at The Bali Dynasty Resort in South Kuta.
cious Chinese luncheon gathering of chefs and food and beverage professionals from across Bali begins at 12:00 PM with pre-lunch drinks.

Golden Lotus Restaurant
Bali Dynasty Resort
Bali Culinary Professional Luncheon – March 28, 2015



Appetizer
Golden Lotus Hot And Cold Appetizer
*****
Soup
Braised Shredded Chicken Soup With Scallop And Crab Roe
****
Main Dishes
Stir Fried Prawns With Vietnamese Sauce In Claypot
****
Deep-Fried Crispy Roast Duck
****
Fried Beef “ Saigon Style” With Garlic & Spring Onion
****
Fried Chicken With Satay Sauce Served On A Sizzling Plate
****
Braised Baby Kale And Mushroom In Garlic Sauce
****
Szechuan Fried Rice With Chicken
****
Dessert
Chilled Almond Beancurd With Fruit Cocktail


All are welcome with BCP members paying only Rp. 250,000 (US$20.80), Young Chefs Rp. 175,000 (US$14.60) and guests Rp. 350,000 (US$29).

Advance bookings are required by telephone +62-(0)361-286283 (extension 101) or by [Email


Naumann’s on an Island
German National Sentenced to 15-Year in Prison for Smuggling Cocaine into Bali

Hans Peter Naumann (48) – a German national found with 326.12 grams of cocaine concealed in his digestive tract at Bali’s Ngurah Rau Airport in September 2014 has been sentenced to 15 years imprisonment and fined Rp.1 billion (US$80,000) in a Denpasar Court

Naumann captured will 11 capsules of cocaine concealed in his stomach that could have resulted in a death sentence for the German who told the Court he was only acting as a courier and had been paid US$5,000 to deliver the drugs to Bali.

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