VIDEO: Nusa Penida netizen releases fish into pond-sized pothole to highlight poor condition of local roads

The Nusa Penida resident releasing fish into the 50-centimeter deep pothole. Photo: Still from the video posted by @bejust14
The Nusa Penida resident releasing fish into the 50-centimeter deep pothole. Photo: Still from the video posted by @bejust14

Less than a month after South Sumatran teens went viral by posing in and around potholes to draw attention to the lousy state of their local roads, an Instagram user from Bali’s neighboring island of Nusa Penida has followed suit with a similarly cheeky protest.

In a video posted to the social network, I Wayan Darmawan, a resident of Nusa Penida, shows himself releasing a plastic bottle full of fish into a water-filled pothole big enough to be a pond. “This is my fish pond. I want to put my fish here,” he says, as friends laugh in the background.

The video, which has garnered almost 600 views, was posted two days ago, as a form of protest towards the long-neglected condition of Nusa Penida’s roads. According to Darmawan, the hole in question is 50 centimeters deep in parts, serious enough to endanger unwitting motorists. Darmawan himself claimed to have fallen victim to the pothole while driving along the stretch.

“After I crashed on the road, I also saw visitors and locals slipping and falling there. I was on my way back from Temeling Beach with my friends where I had happened to collect some baby fish when I thought about making the video,” Darmawan said yesterday as quoted by Kumparan.

While he claims his intention was to highlight the poor condition of the road and in turn urge authorities to carry out much-needed repairs, Darmawan has also been criticized for releasing the poor fish into such murky water. In his defence, Darmawan claims to have immediately recaptured the fish, though that isn’t captured in the video.

I Nyoman Susanta, the acting head of the public works agency for spatial planning and settlement for the Klungkung regency, told Kumparan that road repairs were planned for the future.

“I ask residents to be patient. This year we will repair the roads there,” he said.

Susanta said that the road in question was under repair last year, but the contractor let them down before finishing the job and has since been blacklisted.

Let’s hope that authorities fulfill their promise and get around to fixing the problem.

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