During his visit to Jakarta some time ago, the U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry had mentioned the climate anomalies sweeping the world in recent years. Some parts of the U.S. territory froze, European was hit by floods, Australia hit by fire and a number of other regions in the world are experiencing this anomaly. Kerry specifically mentioned the matters of Jakarta recently engulfed by floods. Without being addressed seriously, well, quickly and precisely, Jakarta denoting the capital of Indonesia will sink.
Disaster occurred everywhere in our country. Why is our country getting more familiar with the wrath of nature? Mount Sinabung in North Sumatra erupted, flood hit Jakarta and several other regions in Java. Many areas were flooded. They claimed many casualties and material losses are countless. Similarly, Bali is unable to escape from the wrath of nature. Avalanches occurred at some places.
“These happen because we do not care about nature. We’re getting farther from the teachings of the Lord,” complained a friend of mine. He was still absorbed in reading newspaper and flipped through the pages several times. I wondered what news he was looking for. “Flooding disaster increases because we have kindled them. We do not want to follow the rhythm of nature. Forests are cleared. Watersheds are planted with concrete jungle, rivers are taken advantage to dispose rubbish,” he grumbled.
A friend of mine makes a joke if he ever found a link between Bali, heaven and hell. What are their relations? It’s okay if Bali is called a Paradise Island. However, if Bali Island then gets a nickname as hell, whoa! What are the criteria? “Please wait, I do not mean so. Do not prejudice first!” he said while sipping his coffee remaining warm. Oh yes, we were in a small stall then near Kuta. Visitors were not so busy yet. There was only one to two going to and fro who purchased daily groceries. Traffic condition in front of the stall stayed relatively smooth. When approaching midday, congestion started to occur.
A couple from Belgium taking part in the cleanup activity in the area of Batukaru Temple, Tabanan, some time ago seemed to encourage me that making people aware of the hazards of litter, especially plastic waste, indeed took time. The tourists classified into repeater guests were indeed very concerned about Bali. Even, they were rather militant. As example, they had visited Bali for dozens of times. At least, they did it twice a year and always stayed at Sanur area.
“Indeed, it takes time and should be started from a very young age,” said the man while amassing rubbish in the temple area. I also realize that this is a difficult task. “It has something to do with the culture,” he continued. Meanwhile, his wife was busy snapshooting with her camera to some objects. Rubbish is just an example.
A taxi driver revealed that he could not resist when a traveler becoming his passenger asked to be taken to a ‘red light’ location. By all means, to meet the request of his guest, the meter of his taxi can increase. Besides, he can also possibly get a tip for his services. “It’s a dilemma for me. If I refuse the request of my guest, there’s possibility if I will not earn money. To be frankly, I need to support my family,” said Mr. Putu, supposed so, in the interactive talk show aired by BaliTV some time ago.
Incidentally, I was the host of the interactive talk show entitled ‘The Voice of Legislative.’ At that time, the theme highlighted was the hazards of drugs and prostitution in Bali tourism. Many comments, inputs and facts were revealed by informants and viewers who wanted to interact. In essence, though Bali strictly remains to uphold the cultural tourism corridor, what is feared namely the prostitution and drugs really exist and can explode any time unless they are not properly handled integratively either by the government, police, customs office, public or related institutions such as the National Narcotics Agency (BNN).
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