Grandfather Arrested over Illegal Wood

JEMBRANA

A 57-YEAR-OLD grandfather has been arrested after Jembrana Police raided a workshop and found illegal timber thought to have been cut from nearby forests.

Nengah Patra, of Sumbersari, Melaya, handed himself in at the local police post following the raid on Sunday.

Police seized 30 lengths of protected rosewood and several cutting machines from a village workshop.  The owner of the workshop, 37-year-old Kade Artana, also known as Dek Macan, is still at large.

After his arrest Nengah Patra admitted that he often worked cutting logs for Artana, but claimed he knew nothing about the source of the wood.

“I was paid Rp100,000 (US$10.80) to cut the wood for making door frames,” he said.

The case has been transferred to Jembrana Police headquarters, where Patra is being held.

The arrest follows an announcement from Jembrana Regent Gede Winasa last month declaring the forests of the regency, many of which are part of the West Bali National Park, off-limits to members of the public in an attempt to curb illegal logging.

Jembrana Forestry Department data shows that around 11,000 hectares of the regency’s forested land has been destroyed.

Clean, Green Bali

DENPASAR

BALI’S government has launched an official “clean and green” campaign aimed at preserving and improving the environment of the island.

Speaking to the media last week, government spokesman I Ketut Teneng said that Rp115.9 billion (US$12.8 million) would be allocated for the campaign. The money would be used to fund environmental management and protection, and for the development and management of irrigation networks on the island.

“We hope the province’s environment will remain well preserved and the ‘Bali Goes Clean and Green’ objectives will be achieved,” he told reporters.

Several other places in Indonesia, including the East Java capital Surabaya, have adopted “clean and green” slogans and campaigns over the years.

Meanwhile, in light of this year’s patchy rainy season, head of Bali’s environment office AA Gede Alit Sastrawan said that pilot projects were being carried out to test the feasibility of injection wells.

The wells, which involve surface water channelled for underground storage to minimise loss through seepage and evaporation, would help facilitate sustainable reforestation projects, Sastrawan said.

Cook Arrested after

Heated Argument

KUTA

A KUTA burger cook is facing five years in prison after he threw hot frying oil at two Russian tourists in an altercation last week.

Kadek Indra Kusuma, 27, of Sidakarya, South Denpasar, was arrested following the incident at the Flame Burger takeaway on Jalan Legian, Kuta, on February 22.

According to police spokesman Dody Prawira, Kusuma became involved in an argument with two Russians, identified as Ivanov Oleg and Sharenko Kirill.

Prawira said that after the tourists had ordered two burgers and two hotdogs, Kusuma accused them of not having paid.  When the customers responded aggressively, he said, Kusuma threw a pan of hot frying oil at them.

The victims received burns to the head, face and arms and were assisted by bystanders and taken to a local hospital.

Prawira said that Kusuma, who is now in police custody, was likely to be sentenced to five years imprisonment under Article 351 of the Indonesian penal code.

Heavy Traffic at Gilimanuk

GILIMANUK

WITH last Friday a national holiday, staff at the Gilimanuk Port reported unusually heavy traffic as travellers headed in both directions for the long weekend.

“It didn’t reach the level of long queuing, but it was definitely much busier than usual,” said one harbour official, who added that there was an increased flow in both directions, as domestic tourists and Balinese who live in Java headed east on Thursday and Friday, and as Bali’s large population of Javanese migrant workers headed home in the opposite direction.

Ospar Silaban, operational manager for the ASDP ferry company at Gilimanuk, said that the increase in passenger numbers had been expected.

There had been a 50-percent increase in overall passenger numbers, and a 175-percent increase in numbers of motorbikes heading to Java, he said.

“Although numbers were up, everything went smoothly. We had put 12 extra ferries on standby in anticipation,” he said.

The Bali Times

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