Pokémon No: Bali Governor threatens civil servants with dismissal if found out playing game

Pokémon Go is sweeping the nation and Bali is no exception. 

But not everyone is allowed to join in on the fun. While Jakarta’s governor invited the public to go out and catch Pokémon, Bali governor and Ronaldo look-a-like Made Mangku Pastika is taking a very different approach. The Bali governor is forbidding Bali Province employees from playing the trending game. 

The sanction is apparently pretty harsh if Bali civil servants are caught playing Pokémon Go: dismissal. 

Pastika says the strict sanction is meant to optimize the performance of the Bali government. 

“So far I haven’t seen any civil servants playing Pokémon,” Pastika told Tribun Bali in Denpasar on Tuesday. 

“If they (civil servants) jump on the Pokémon bandwagon, then no need for them to ever come back to the office again,” Pastika said firmly. 

But not all levels of government are keeping up with the times. Regional council member Nyoman Oka Antara told local media that he didn’t even know about the game. 

While another elected official expressed fear of Pokémon facilitating international intelligence operations. 

“Is it true that Pokémon is a foreign spy?” Councilman Nyoman Adnyana asked. “Because I read that it accesses the contents of our GPS and camera as well,” the PDIP politician said. 

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