A Voice for Common Sense
The silly and culturally abstruse policy of butlers at the St. Regis Resort and Spa taking English names for their working hours – promoted by the hotel as an aid to guests unfamiliar with Bali until it ran into a row and belatedly dropped the whole daft idea – illustrates a number of things.
Two stand out. First, hotels which operate in Indonesia (and particularly Bali, we suggest, which has a unique and entirely distinct cultural and social character) must honour, protect and nurture that social environment. Perhaps the St. Regis has learned this lesson. Second, it appears that the business sector here is uncomfortable with the concept of an English-language press that actually isn’t anodyne and malleable and has a point of view. It would do well to recognise the presence of considered criticism.
The Bali Times is a newspaper. Many more people than the management of the St. Regis need to understand that.Filed under: Editorial