Fishing Dispute Turns Violent
Fishermen from Tabanan and Jembrana have clashed on the high seas over fishing rights in recent weeks, with police now being called on to mediate in the dispute.
According to locals the conflict began when fishermen from Medewi in Jembrana started fishing outside their traditional territory further south along the west Bali coast in Tabanan waters. There were several clashes when the rival fleets met at sea.
Fishermen from Kerambitan in Tabanan dragged nets and fish traps set by men from Jembrana onto a nearby beach, claiming they had been interfering with their own gear, while other Tabanan fisherman says they suspect some of their nets and traps have been stolen by crews from Jembrana.
Ketut Arsana Yasa, chairman of the Tabanan branch of All Indonesian Fishermen’s Association (HSNI), said that there had been two violent altercations between fishermen from the neighbouring regencies.
Police are trying to help sort out the dispute.
Bus companies in Denpasar are already reporting a surge in ticket purchases ahead of the annual exodus of migrant workers from Bali before the start of Idul Fitri celebrations at the end of Ramadhan.
Although the current Muslim fasting month is not scheduled to end until September 11, staff at the Ubung Terminal in Denpasar said this week some buses heading to Java in the days before the start of the Lebaran holidays have already been fully booked.
“A lot of would-be travellers are already looking for tickets for departure dates from September 3 onwards. Tickets before Lebaran are already sold out,” said Aris, a ticket salesman for the Dharma Raya bus company.
Indonesian Muslims traditionally return to their home towns and villages at the end of Ramadhan, making the period the busiest of the year for transport companies.
On Your Bike
Thousands of cyclists flooded Denpasar last Sunday to mark the first anniversary of the Bicycle Joint Secretariat (Samas) and “car-free days” in parts of the city.
Among the cyclists were Denpasar Mayor I B Rai Mantra and Bangli Regent Made Gianyar.
The event was part of the activities to ensure the success of a car-free day campaign launched by Denpasar Mayor Dewa Made Merthakota, who said last Sunday he would give up trying to encourage people to lead healthy and economic lives through a car-free day programme.
Around 500 people gathered at the Bali Dynasty Resort in Kuta on Sunday to launch the new Balinese Indian Friendship Association (BIFA). The gathering was attended by Bali’s top cultural bureaucrat, Ida Bagus Sedhawa, the vice-chairman of the Bali Regional Assembly, religious figures, and members of the Indian expatriate community in Bali. It was hosted by the BIFA president Deepak Idnani and the committee chairwoman Neeta Maholtra.
Mrs Maholtra, who owns the Queen’s of India Restaurant in Kuta, said that the aim of the organisation was to form a “bridge of friendship”
IGN Arya Wedakarna, a Balinese religious leader who attended the event, said that he believed Indians living in Bali deserved their own place of worship. “We will push for establishment of a Siwa Mandir (Indian Shiva temple) for Indian Hindus in Bali.”
Officials at Sanglah Hospital have agreed to cremate 19 of 32 abandoned and unidentified bodies being kept at the hospital’s mortuary facility. The hospital’s head of forensic medicine, Dr Dudut Rustyadi, said on Wednesday data on abandoned corpses was compiled every three months and a mass cremation was usually held for those though unlikely to be claimed by relatives.
Dr Rustyadi said that of the 19 bodies cleared for cremation this week, 12 were babies who. The other bodies had been sent to Sanglah by the police. One of them is a skeleton found by police, another a headless corpse found at Pecatu beach, and a third that of a woman who died at Sanglah nearly a year ago.
The Bali TimesFiled under: The Island