Name: I Gusti Putu Oka Wira
Age: 52
Occupation: Religion teacher
From: Kesambi, Kerobokan
Marital status: Married with two daughters and one son

What can be done to improve Bali’s image?

First, as Balinese people, we should know who we are and think about life ahead as a culture. Other cultures may be influencing our own, but we should try our best not to lose our original culture. I think one way to do this is to teach our sons how to preserve and protect Balinese traditions.

Are you satisfied with the current level of security?

No, I am not satisfied with the current level of security. Look at the Awig-awig Banjar (Balinese laws). Many of the laws have been broken. The actions of the pecalang (village security guards) are also not supported by government law. In addition, the total number of police in Bali is not enough to protect everyone.

Is the central government doing enough to improve Indonesia?

Not yet. The government’s power is not enough to take care of the entire society. There are also a number of political problems and issues with international relationships.

What challenges lie ahead?

I hope the government commits to addressing the issue of poverty and also makes sure to balance spiritual and material concerns in developing public policies. And I hope the younger generation will be able to avoid bad things.

Where’s the hottest spot in Bali right now?

My favorite place is the Lempuyan Temple, because it’s the best place for a spiritual tour. There are scenic views, clean air and traditional culture.

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