Hunt for Beach Thief in Disguise

NUSA DUA

SOUTH Kuta Police are hunting a man who dresses in police gear and steals the belongings of foreigners when they swim at Nusa Dua beaches, including the popular Geger beach.

Police believe the man, known as Ui, is the leader of a syndicate of thieves from East Praya on Lombok. He has short-cropped hair in the style of a member of the police, but wears three earrings. He uses clothing with official police markings.

Police believe the man is responsible for many reported losses by tourists at beaches in South Kuta, including a digital camera, a passport and foreign currency.

Envoy’s Praise

DENPASAR

BALI’S new focus on organic farming has been praised by Hungarian Ambassador to Indonesia Szilveszter Bus who said efforts to green Bali through the provincial government’s Go Organic programme would help promote international tourism to the island.

“We really appreciate all activities that are aimed at preserving and protecting the environment,” he told Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika this week.

The ambassador was here to formalise the appointment of an honorary consul. Gabriela Chrisofoli will provide consular service for Hungarian visitors and work to support plans to develop a partnership with Bali in the fields of macroeconomics, culture, education and tourism.

Satpol Man Jailed

DENPASAR

A BADUNG Satpol (regency security) member was jailed this week for six months, with one year’s probation, for beating his son-in-law over his treatment of his daughter. Wayan Mardiana was convicted of criminal persecution under article 351 of the penal code.

The Denpasar District Court heard that Mardiana had beaten and bruised Made Sukena to a point where Sukena could not attend work.

The assault took place at Sukena’s home at Umalas on September 9, 2009.

Double Investment Target Set

SANUR

BALI is aiming for new investment totalling Rp2.29 trillion (US$196 million) this year – almost double the 2009 investment achievement of Rp1.24 trillion ($113 million).

Investment board chairman Nyoman Surwirya Patra said this week nearly 80 percent of investment in Bali in 2009 was foreign capital investment (PMA).

He hoped this year for more investment in infrastructure development such as transport facilities to overcome traffic congestion and in the development of environmentally friendly energy sources to support a clean and green Bali.

Surwirya Patra especially urged investment in the energy sector to develop coal power plants in Celukan Bawang in Buleleng.

Regent in Hot Water

DALUNG

VILLAGE leaders in Badung have threatened to report Regent AA Gede Agung for fraud, saying 80 community stoves promised to villagers in 2007, and for which 52 people had each paid Rp50,000 (US$5.10), had not been delivered.

The leader of Banjar Kaja in Sibang Gde village, Made Kandel, on Wednesday said people had receipts for their payments and wanted accountability from the regent, who had promised the stoves would be provided through a third-party foundation.

Sibang Gede community leader Wayan Sutarja said he had previously asked the regency to correct the problem. “This is fraud,” he said. “The regent must be responsible because he endorsed a recommendation involving a foundation of obscure background.”

Wrong Exam Papers

DENPASAR

GOVERNOR I Made Mangku Pastika was upset this week to learn that students at several schools in Karangasem had been given the wrong exam papers – questions on the English language when they were sitting an exam on Bahasa Indonesia.

“This is bad, because it affects the mental state of the students,” said Pastika, after Karangasem Regent I Wayan Geredeg told him of the mix-up.

The right papers were eventually distributed and the students were given an extra 25 minutes to complete their exam.

Health Chief Dies

DALUNG

BADUNG regency’s public health chief, AA Mayun Dharma Atmaja, 52, died on Wednesday as he was being taken to hospital after collapsing at community prayers at Puseh Temple in Angantiga village, Petang.

Atmaja, who had a history of heart disease and shortness of breath, had had trouble breathing. He died about 7.30pm.

Badung Regent AA Gede Agung and Vice Regent Sudikerta went to Badung public hospital after learning of their colleague’s collapse.

The Bali Times

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