‘Twilight’ on Bali Island

‘Twilight’ on Bali Island

Again, the other unscrupulous foreign tourists did crimes. After Amokrane, a French national who murdered police officer some time ago, now there are two other tourists murdering a police officer. Currently, the case is being investigated in depth by police authority regarding the motive and background. Prior to this horrendous incident, many unscrupulous tourists have

Again, the other unscrupulous foreign tourists did crimes. After Amokrane, a French national who murdered police officer some time ago, now there are two other tourists murdering a police officer. Currently, the case is being investigated in depth by police authority regarding the motive and background. Prior to this horrendous incident, many unscrupulous tourists have also tarnished the reputation of Bali. They are drunk, stealing, trafficking drugs and committing others.

Nowadays, there is a shift in perception among the public that not all foreign tourists are good guests. Those coming with smiles, spend their vacation, appreciate Balinese culture and then ultimately go home by leaving a million sweet memories. Not all. There are also some others coming with bad intentions.

This is the estuary of dilemma due to government policy opening widely the door for the visa-free policy for over 160 countries to date. They come very easily and we accept them with open arms without prejudice. Indeed, not all of them are bad. There are good and even very good. However, when we run a loose policy then there will be a lot of violations. Moreover, if we then do not adhere to the rules made namely the regulation of positive law and local norms that must uphold human dignity in every form of universal culture.

Here in Bali, we are often missed. We are increasingly permissive and fascinated by the number of tourist visit coming to our home. At that time, we forget or pretend to forget that it will result in frictions. A lot of negative impact will arise like the safety and comfort. Similarly, drug trafficking becomes rampant in recent years. We allow and it is abused by unscrupulous tourists, local police officers and more especially by our community members. How sad it is!

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Now, we’re quite frankly if still dazzled by the more and more tourist visits. We are glued to the number. It’s the quantity, not the quality. This has been a difficult choice in the 1990s whether to realize quality tourism or mass tourism. In reality, we tend to choose the latter. Airport has been expanded, many hotels are built everywhere, the roads are widened, new tourist objects are opened and an airport will be opened in North Bali. Then, they are resumed with the visa-free policy applied to hundreds of countries. It seems to have been complete.

What happened next? We see and experience in person. Bali is not instead increasingly having better quality nor getting prosperous. But on the contrary, we face various latent problems. Some have been experienced and some others remain in sight. We have no real action to comprehensively address the issues fundamentally like clean water, rubbish, land conversion, cultural degradation and behavioral changes. It has been frequently written, made in seminar paper, discussed, used as topic to be contemplated and so on by the most favorite figures up to top leadership. Unfortunately, it is unknown where the solution is.

There should be a breakthrough of high-ranking officials about this issue. But it must absolutely pro Bali. Poetically, Bali is now in the ‘twilight time,’ where the sun will sink before the nightfall. This is not meant to scare. (Gde Palgunadi/ palgunadigde@yahoo.com)



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