An expert on religion some time ago came to our editorial office. It’s no need to mention his name. Recently his name is often slandered in mass media, especially in social media. This rather elderly father has made controversial statement being considered to support the Benoa Bay reclamation project that is opposed by many people.
At length, he tried to defend himself by giving explanations and background of his controversial statement. One of them is that he compares Bali to Singapore and Malaysia. According to him, Bali also needs a big project like in the two countries. Oh, my God why can this religious expert have such an opinion?
There is a bitter criticism directed at the government in Bali about the distribution of tourism. It has emerged since long time ago. Unfortunately there has been no significant solution to these days. It has something to do with wide inequality gap between the tourism development in Southern Bali and Northern Bali. To shorten the gap, local governments began to vie by boosting tourism in the region.
One of which is by facilitating the licensing process of tourism development. As a result, many hotels, villas, restaurants and other tourism facilities emerge throughout the counties. So, they do not only focus on Badung, Denpasar, Tabanan and Gianyar. Some regions are successful with this measure, while some others are not. Those that are not, even face a more serious problem, namely the increasing number of productive paddy land conversion and environmental contamination.
Again the matter of Balinese language is at issue. The problem remains the same where there is no change from time to time. It has something to do with the worries about Balinese language that will become extinct. It will be abandoned by the speakers and only become a distant memory. However, it can only be seen in dictionary without being ever heard, without ever been used as lingua franca as well as in daily language by Balinese population.
A few days ago, in a discussion, such a concern emerged again. The assumption is getting more worrying. It is mentioned that Bali language is just waiting for extinction. Well, such assumption is normal. However, will it be like that? Or in other words, will Balinese language go extinct? Indeed it sounds horrible and saddening, but it must be anticipated.
In a tourism discussion some time ago at Sanur, it was revealed that the development in this region, especially the tourism facilities, should feature local characteristics with cultural power. Thus, Sanur becoming one of the forerunners of tourist destination in Bali is increasingly able to maintain quality and identity. The discussion was attended by tourism officials as well as the well-known marketers of this country.
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