No Large-Scale Social Restrictions policy for Bali just yet, provincial government says

Bali provincial government says that the island has already implemented similar steps to an extent.

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VP Ma’ruf Amin jokes on benefits of wild horse milk to ward off coronavirus

VP Ma’ruf Amin jokes on benefits of wild horse milk to ward off coronavirus

The increasing number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia has evidently not deterred the country’s second-in-command from reportedly joking about the benefits of alternative medicine.

Former Bali deputy governor sentenced to 12 years in prison for IDR150 billion fraud

Former Bali deputy governor sentenced to 12 years in prison for IDR150 billion fraud

I Ketut Sudikerta, a former deputy governor of Bali, was sentenced to 12 years in prison after being found guilty of fraud, embezzlement, and money laundering by the Denpasar...

Bali governor says minister should ‘stay quiet,’ as Indonesian officials seem to be at odds about future of Benoa Bay

Bali governor says minister should ‘stay quiet,’ as Indonesian officials seem to be at odds about future of Benoa Bay

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster this week emphasized that the announcement last week effectively cancelled the controversial reclamation of Benoa Bay.

Anticipating intimidation, LBH Bali opens complaint center for students protesting lawmakers and the government

Anticipating intimidation, LBH Bali opens complaint center for students protesting lawmakers and the government

"Expressing your rights in public is protected by the law,” LBH Bali said.

‘Stay composed’: Bali gov’t urges tourists and tourism operators not to fret about proposed criminal code changes

‘Stay composed’: Bali gov’t urges tourists and tourism operators not to fret about proposed criminal code changes

The Bali Provincial Government has issued a statement emphasizing that the current draft revisions of Indonesia’s criminal code (RKUHP) has not yet been passed and urging both...

Indonesian lawmaker says foreigners ‘need not worry’ about RKUHP article on extramarital sex

Indonesian lawmaker says foreigners ‘need not worry’ about RKUHP article on extramarital sex

A lawmaker from the House of Representatives (DPR) claimed yesterday that foreigners visiting Indonesia “need not worry” about articles criminalizing sex outside of marriage...

#BaliTidakDiam: Hundreds of university students rally in Denpasar protesting lawmakers and the government

#BaliTidakDiam: Hundreds of university students rally in Denpasar protesting lawmakers and the government

Under the rallying call of #BaliTidakDiam (Bali is not silent), the students voiced their opposition to some pressing issues in Indonesia recently.

Dozens participate in Denpasar rally supporting controversial revisions to law governing Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission

Dozens participate in Denpasar rally supporting controversial revisions to law governing Indonesia’s Corruption Eradication Commission

Dozens of people in Denpasar participated in a rally earlier today in support of the revised law governing the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK).

Papuan students in Denpasar call for justice, end to discrimination against Papuans

Papuan students in Denpasar call for justice, end to discrimination against Papuans

Dozens of college students in Bali took to the streets of Renon in Denpasar yesterday to demand justice and an end to discrimination against Papuans. 


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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.

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