YouTube Airs Video of Bali Police Extorting Tourist


A four and half-minute video showing a Bali police officer asking for money from a Dutch tourist following a minor traffic violation is currently circulating on YouTube, uploaded from an account called “gil4sekali”.

Quite apart from asking for the money, the officer also invites the tourist to an on-duty beer-drinking session, as qoute from Asia News Network.

In the video, the police officer, whose identity is obscured by his yellow vast, is seen stopping the tourist, who says his name is Van Der Spek, near the Lio Square Police post, in Petitenget, Northern Kuta, for not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle.

The officer at first tells the tourist he must pay a fine of Rp1. 2 million (SGD$156) at Denpasar courthouse. The tourist refuses to pay this amount and asks whether there is an easy way out of the situation.

The police officer then says the tourist could pay him Rp 200,000 (SGD$26) for the ticket. The officer even says that the tourist could just forget his helmet for that day and have fun. When the tourist finally wants to go back to his hotel to have a beer, the officer invites him to have a beer-drinking session with him at the police post.

The policeman and the tourist then drink beer together at the police post. During the drinking session, the police officer discloses that he has already fined three foreign tourists that day with the most generous one paying Rp300,000 (SGD$39).

Commenting on the video, Badung Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Komang Suartana confirmed that the officer in the video was one of his subordinates. He said that the officer was now being questioned over the incident.

Komang said the video was actually recorded around five months ago but only uploaded to YouTube recently.

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  2. Nobi Says:

    I know this kind of thing allready in real and I am thinking that I am not the only one. A “small” breach of rules the policeofficers take the tourists aside, best that nobody see it and then show you a little book with all the penalties about the road traffic laws. In my case my girlfriend drive the motorbike, we used helmets and she had an international driving licence for motorbikes. She stopped about 3 or 5 cms with the first tire over the white line at a trafficlight in Amlapura. Three Policemen with motorbikes stopped us and brought as to a parking lot where nobody can see inside. First they want 2 Mio INR then reduced it to 250000 INR. And we didn´t get any receipt. Very petty for 5 cm. We stayed about 1 month in Bali. Also corruption at the Visa Center in Denpasar.
    And when you talk to the inhabitants of Bali, everybody says that the Police is very corrupt. They told as that they only want to become a police officer to get much money from the tourists. Interesting that a lot of politicans held their meetings on bali. Foreign Police teams do their training there. At one evening in Kuta five different indonesians offered me drugs to buy. My gf and I are not using drugs. Maybe it is better that the police stop the trafficing then robing tourists. Yes I know, it is easier for them. Bali is a wonderfull island with a lot of friendly people, but sadly with also a lot of corruptions. We donßt know, if we come back.

  3. anna Says:

    this is soo true, happened to me too, was stopped by the police at a trafic junction, and was told I had to pay a fine in the courthouse, this happened at the trafic lights near Mac Donnalds in Sanur. All I did is change lanes. He was quite serious about it so I asked how much I had to pay and he said 100.000 rp, which I obviously gave him, as I needed to get to my destination with any hassle. If you ever stand by a trafic light you will notice that they only stop foreigners. Since when is not wearing a helmet an offence in Bali? hardly any Balinese were one….what about kids driving bikes or 5 persons on a bike….

  4. mark Says:

    It was a journalist from holland, that uncovers fraude and crime. The police officer said that he had to go to court for 1,2 mil rupia or give him 200000 rupia and he could go… Bintang money…

    the police officer also said that he had 3 customers a day (3x 200.000 rp) He also uncovers the moneychangers on bali giving less money than the official rates. you can see whole clips on youtube…

  5. kyle Says:

    I dont understand how this even made the news. I travel to Bali around 10 times per year and everyone knows they will be paying at least one police officer per trip if riding a scooter, its become normal now.

  6. bob Says:

    How about videoing coming into customs at denpasar where the customs officials ask for money when presenting your passport or at ther declarations counter where they also say “duty” what the hell for?? more corruption.
    also when coming ito check in two people (dont know exactly who they are) ask to inspect your suit cases. If they find a partially empty bottle of spirits whether its still 99% full they say “Not allowed and confiscate all of the bottles they find, THIS IS A SCAM so why do the airport managment allow it? Its these things that should be filmed and put on you tube

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