Governor Wayan Koster says he’s ready to be first in line for COVID-19 vaccine in Bali

The first batch of the vaccines from Sinovac, which have yet to receive authorization, arrived in Bali last night.

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Tourism minister Sandiaga Uno says his idea of a halal-friendly Bali is ‘over’

Tourism minister Sandiaga Uno says his idea of a halal-friendly Bali is ‘over’

Newly-appointed Tourism and Creative Economy Minister Sandiaga Uno has sparked controversy in Bali in the past when he suggested tapping into the island’s potential for “halal...

Bali governor talks up the possibility of reopening to foreign tourists

Bali governor talks up the possibility of reopening to foreign tourists

Bali Governor I Wayan Koster says he’s optimistic about the revival of international tourism on the island during a meeting with the newly-appointed Tourism and Creative Economy...

Bali officials voice concerns over deliberations on alcohol ban

Bali officials voice concerns over deliberations on alcohol ban

With conservative lawmakers in Indonesia this week making another push to ban alcohol with a controversial bill, some are arguing against the potential harm of such a law,...

Fake posters for job creation law protest in Bali call for widespread violence and looting, police investigate

Fake posters for job creation law protest in Bali call for widespread violence and looting, police investigate

A peaceful call to action in Bali protesting Indonesia’s controversial new jobs creation law appears to have been hijacked by unknown parties calling for widespread violence.

‘COVID-19 is not a conspiracy’: Bali governor says over 20 of his home staff confirmed coronavirus positive

‘COVID-19 is not a conspiracy’: Bali governor says over 20 of his home staff confirmed coronavirus positive

The good news is the governor said that he's still free from COVID-19 for now.

Indonesian ministers get flak after photos show them posing without masks in Bali

Indonesian ministers get flak after photos show them posing without masks in Bali

Some officials are not setting a very good example.

Police hose down Papuan student activists during peaceful rally in Denpasar

Police hose down Papuan student activists during peaceful rally in Denpasar

The rally was held to commemorate the 22nd anniversary of the Biak massacre. 

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

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.

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.


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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.