Bali deputy governor criticizes Sandiaga Uno’s plan to develop halal tourism

Vice-presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno has not had the easiest of runs during his recent tour of Bali. First, Tabanan village elders refused point blank to let him speak in their community on Sunday, and now Bali authorities are abruptly dismissing his vision to develop halal tourism on the island. Sandiaga, who is the running mate ...

Politics

featured

Coconuts Bali Directory Contest: Submit your event or business for a chance to win a free advertising campaign!

Tabanan village elders refuse entry to vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno

Tabanan village elders refuse entry to vice presidential candidate Sandiaga Uno

Despite being scheduled to campaign in the region on Sunday, Sandiaga Uno, the running mate of Prabowo Subianto, was refused entry to the village of Senganan in Tabanan by...

Bali Governor Wayan Koster widely criticized for showing Jokowi support at police event

Bali Governor Wayan Koster widely criticized for showing Jokowi support at police event

During a speech at the Millennial Road Safety Festival held by Bali Regional Police in Denpasar on Sunday, Bali Governor Wayan Koster urged crowds to vote for incumbent President...

Komodo Island will be closed to visitors for one year starting in 2020: NTT government

Komodo Island will be closed to visitors for one year starting in 2020: NTT government

If you have your heart set of seeing a dragon in 2020, tourists will still be able to find them on other islands in Komodo National Park.

Bali government gains support from 5 Indonesian ministries for 10-dollar tourist tax

Bali government gains support from 5 Indonesian ministries for 10-dollar tourist tax

The Bali provincial government claims to have already gotten the go-ahead from five national ministries concerning their proposed ten-dollar tourist tax. According to a report by...

Firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir receives early parole, will be released from prison this week

Firebrand cleric Abu Bakar Bashir receives early parole, will be released from prison this week

Bashir is the spiritual leader of the terrorist organization blamed for the deadly 2002 Bali bombing. A representative of President Joko Widodo's campaign said Jokowi had agreed...

Bali district court judge investigated over alleged affair with fellow bench-mate’s wife

Bali district court judge investigated over alleged affair with fellow bench-mate’s wife

A Bali district court judge is being investigated by Indonesia’s Judicial Commission (KY) over an alleged affair with another judge’s wife. Those entangled in the case have...

Former Bali Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta named suspect in IDR150 billion money laundering case

Former Bali Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta named suspect in IDR150 billion money laundering case

During a press conference in Denpasar yesterday, Bali Police Criminal Investigation Supt. Yuliar Kus Nugroho confirmed ex deputy governor Ketut Sudikerta as a suspect in cases of...

Angry locals pacified by Kempinski Bali management after blockading the hotel’s entrance

Angry locals pacified by Kempinski Bali management after blockading the hotel’s entrance

Truck-loads of rubble, dumped on the doorstep of Nusa Dua’s Apurva Kempinski hotel by a mob of disgruntled local villagers on Friday, has been removed after a peaceful...

Bali governor wants to get rid of ‘two children is enough’ family planning campaign

Bali governor wants to get rid of ‘two children is enough’ family planning campaign

The family planning campaign “dua anak cukup” (translating to “two children is enough”) is outdated and is a source of underpopulation, says Bali Governor Wayan Koster....


By signing up for our newsletters you agree with our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy

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.