Bali governor pushes island rail system to replace discontinued public buses

Bali’s governor is pushing an electric rail network to replace the public bus system that he’s axed. Province Governor Wayan Koster has asked that the operation of the Trans Sarbagita Bus system, which had an annual budget of IDR12 billion (US$789,828) a year, be put out to pasture, except for a single route that’s used by ...

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Bali needs to attract ‘classy’ tourists: governor

Bali needs to attract ‘classy’ tourists: governor

Bali governor Wayan Koster is dropping truth bombs left and right. Within his first 60 days in office, the governor has reinvigorated Balinese heritage by issuing resolutions...

Bali beauty pageant forced to cancel under pressure from anti-LGBT groups

Bali beauty pageant forced to cancel under pressure from anti-LGBT groups

A Bali beauty pageant promoting HIV education and equality has been called off after mounting pressure from hardline anti-LGBT groups. The event, organized by Yayasan Gaya Dewata...

World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 billion in loans

World Bank offers disaster-hit Indonesia $1 billion in loans

The World Bank on Sunday announced funding of up to $1 billion for Indonesia after it was rocked by a string of recent disasters, including a deadly earthquake-tsunami that killed...

UN chief tours Indonesia’s tsunami-hit Palu as survivors pray

UN chief tours Indonesia’s tsunami-hit Palu as survivors pray

Thousands of survivors of a devastating quake-tsunami prayed Friday by the shores of disaster-struck Palu, as the UN chief praised their “resilience” during a tour of...

IMF-World Bank meeting protesters slam Indonesian police for blocking counter-event in Bali

IMF-World Bank meeting protesters slam Indonesian police for blocking counter-event in Bali

A counter-event protesting the IMF-World Bank annual meetings taking place in Bali right now is sounding off against Indonesia for blocking their conference through use of police...

IMF gathers in Bali: Key facts and figures from the Indonesia meeting

IMF gathers in Bali: Key facts and figures from the Indonesia meeting

The world’s financial elite are gathering in the Indonesian holiday island Bali for talks with trade spats and emerging markets crises topping the agenda. Here are some...

Bali governor defends IMF-World Bank meetings, budget mostly went to infrastructure projects

Bali governor defends IMF-World Bank meetings, budget mostly went to infrastructure projects

Bali’s governor has been shutting down criticism about the annual World Bank-IMF meetings taking place in Nusa Dua right now. Presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto and his...

Disaster insurance to be addressed at IMF-World Bank meetings in Bali

Disaster insurance to be addressed at IMF-World Bank meetings in Bali

Amid recent devastating natural disasters experienced in the country in Lombok and Sulawesi, Indonesian Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati is keeping talk relevant at the...

Let them eat chips & water: Prabowo camp protests ‘luxury’ IMF meeting expenses after disaster

Let them eat chips & water: Prabowo camp protests ‘luxury’ IMF meeting expenses after disaster

Because of the disasters in Sulawesi, campaigners for presidential challenger Prabowo Subianto said the government should cut back on costs for this week's IMF-World Bank meeting...


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Coconuts Bali Politics

If you want to be engaged in politics and live in a place where people love chatting about the latest election or bill to go through, then get the heck out of Bali and pack your bags for the Indonesian capital, Jakarta. Bali, the Island of the Gods, is really not known for political activity and has a very laid-back, island mentality. That said, there is one big political, hot-ticket issue in Bali that we have been regularly covering since launching here: the controversial proposed reclamation of Benoa Bay. The reclamation would turn 700 hectares of the bay into a “special” tourist area, filled with artificial islands, complete with hotels, restaurants, and even an F1 track. The usually apolitical people of Bali have made it exceedingly clear they don’t want the reclamation to go through, with activist movement FORBali at the helm of the “Tolak Reklamasi” (anti-reclamation) campaign. However, when there’s so much money and power involved, there’s never an easy out and this issue has been dragging on for years. One of the other political issues that gets talked about in Bali is the death penalty. This has especially been big in Bali with a number of death row prisoners locked up in Bali, most notably Myuran Sukumaran and Andrew Chan of the Australian Bali Nine. Sukumaran and Chan were ultimately executed in April 2015 as drug traffickers, but Bali is very still much waiting to see how the death penalty will be imposed in the future in Indonesia.