Beggars Rounded Up in Capital Clean-up

DENPASAR

In an attempt to clean up the city, Denpasar officials have begun rounding up migrant beggars from other parts of Bali and sending them back to their home districts.

Staff from the Manpower, Social and Transmigration Department organised a sweep of the busy Jl Imam Bonjol thoroughfare and the nearby Jl Teuku Umar in the Bali capital, and detained 21 beggars and vagrants. A second sweep in the Pasar Sanglah area saw another 11 people detained.

Department head Made Erwin Suryadharma Sena said most of those detained had come from the impoverished eastern regency of Karangasem, one of the poorest, least developed parts of Bali. He added that eight of the 11 people detained in Pasar Sanglah were children.

“We advanced the operation further because we received reports from locals in other areas besides Imam Bonjol and Teuku Umar.  It turned out that there were often beggars in action around Pasar Sanglah too,” Sena said.

Sena said that the beggars would be temporarily housed at a government shelter in Denpasar where they would receive instruction from police and religious teachers before being taken back to their home villages in Karangasem.

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4 Responses to “Beggars Rounded Up in Capital Clean-up”

  1. Tom Says:

    That’s a really GOOD idea to take the beggars, often small children, away from Jl. Imam Bongol and other places.
    BUT.. don’t simple take them away…give them some HELP…some SUPPORT, that they have NO NEED to beg in the future!

  2. Mark Ulyseas Says:

    According to some friends in the Bali Polisi, these beggars are transported in from Karangasem on a daily basis by an organized mafia that uses them as a mode of income. Many of these ‘beggars’ have bank accounts in which ‘their’ monthly income is deposited.

    The government has done well to act on curbing this ‘business’.

  3. Tony Tan Says:

    I completely agree with Tom, this is just a short sighted policy aimed at just making bali look better but fails in reality to address the root of the problem.

    Give these kids help; educate them, make them useful to society. The benefits to educate or teach them skills are immeasurable, and beats the immediate cost of sending them back with tax payer dollars any day.

  4. Doris Dazed Says:

    I agree with both Tom and Tony Tan. As for the “business” side mentioned by Mark Ulyseas, this has been going on for many years, including the odious “rent-a-baby” scam.

    I do NOT agree that the government has done well at all (not yet). One of my concerns is the skyrocketing numbers of very young children riding around on motorbikes with apparent immunity. Why doesn’t the “government”/”police” put a stop to that?

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