Kuta Merely Victim of Wind-Blown Rubbish: Regent
Echoing reaction from Culture and Tourism Minister Jero Wacik to a recent unflattering article about Bali in Time magazine, Badung Regent AA Gede Agung said the litter marring Kuta Beach did not come from Bali and that the island was “just a victim.”
Speaking to reporters, Agung denied that the “frothing human waste” and “dunes of surf-tossed garbage” at Kuta, described in the Time article earlier this month, were the fault of local people or authorities.
“Let me say right here: This rubbish that is washing up at Kuta Beach is all from outside Bali. Nothing is locally produced; it’s all from outside Kuta. Kuta is just a victim,” Agung said.
Agung said the presence of organic flotsam on the beach was evidence that the material was washed in from other parts of Indonesia.
“For example, we all know there are no forests in Bali, but the rubbish that washes up in Kuta includes logs. Also, there’s lots of plastic that certainly didn’t originate in Kuta,” he said.
Agung said that as well as the short-term clean-up operations at the beach, prompted by the negative publicity, he was looking into long-term solutions to stop “foreign” rubbish reaching the beach.
“At the moment I’m looking for methods, including the application of technology, to stop rubbish from other places getting to Kuta. But we also hope that Indonesians outside of Bali will stop throwing their rubbish into the sea and making Kuta a victim,” he said.Filed under: Headlines