The former President of Indonesian, Megawati Sukarnoputri, when making a visit with some of ambassadors to Bali a few days ago said that the face of Bali has now changed. Statement of the daughter of the Indonesian first president, Sukarno, was made on the sidelines of the visit as well as tree planting in the
The former President of Indonesian, Megawati Sukarnoputri, when making a visit with some of ambassadors to Bali a few days ago said that the face of Bali has now changed. Statement of the daughter of the Indonesian first president, Sukarno, was made on the sidelines of the visit as well as tree planting in the Bedugul Botanical Garden. Indeed, the face of Bali has very much changed. For the lovers of Bali, these feelings and attitudes have emerged since a few decades ago. They were worried that massive tourism industry will make significant changes in Bali, not only the in physical appearance but also in the personality of the inhabitants.
In fact, this change has just been realized by Megawati today. At least, this fifth president of RI stated it to the public through mass media. If considering it late, it is indeed too late. When serving as a president, Megawati should offer and provide an extensive space for the public, the officials and other components to take care of Bali. Through the policy of the ruling political party, it would be very easy for Megawati to do that.
A Balinese ancestral expression says: “Tain belek, tain belenget” meaning that people just realize when something has gone wrong. This expression contains wisdom. We are reminded to be always concerned with environmental condition. Do not be arrogant. Do not forget yourself and washed away by the streams of modernization that is not necessarily appropriate with local or traditional values we have. It is not inferior but even much better.
But never mind, there are certainly lessons to be drawn from this belated attitude. Let’s think of something positively. Something can be started from a delay. Armed with the statement, of course there are political attitudes to be understood by the PDI-P cadres, especially for the regents as the number one leader in the region. The statement saying ‘the face of Bali has changed’ should be understood as a ‘warning’ although it is indeed very late. Today, the most important thing is how the party cadres can interpret this attitude into a manifestation of a prudent in managing the nature of Bali.
Inevitably, Megawati still plays a central role in the party. This statement should not merely become a lip service but an emphasis on the party cadres how they are commanded to earnestly safeguard Bali. Political command is necessary and should be confirmed for them. There is a reward and punishment. Do not stop at the stage of rhetoric because Megawati and the party cadres in the region are capable of doing more than that, not only in Bali, but across Indonesia. Do not merely express in words ahead of the election. It should be interpreted as a message of Mrs. Mega. Now, the problem is whether ‘the party officers’ are obedient or not.
Let’s unify the determination to build and maintain Bali so that its face will not be pockmarked. It must be attempted so that we can see the face of Bali next 10-20 years to be at least similar to that of today. It is a must. There must be a political will and good will from the policy maker. Nothing is late and it’s better late than never.