Governor of Bali: Benoa Bay Decree is in Accordance to Pro

MANGUPURA

Bali Governor Made Mangku Pastika stated that he made a decree on licensing and rights forusage, development, and management of Benoa Bay region was based on procedures.

“For us it is procedural,” he said after opening the dialog Forum for Religious Harmony in Mangupura, Badung.

The former of Bali police chief also confirmed that Benoa Bay reclamation project has been discussed in the Master Plan for the Acceleration and Expansion of Indonesian Economic Development (MP3EI), whose preparation has been fix.

“People always bother, how come we invite everyone to talk, it is not possible. There is representation, we cannot talk to everyone one-on-one,” he said.

According to him, inviting everyone to talk related to discussion is also not possible because there are representatives, both from the agencies, community representatives, and representatives of parliament.

“So there is no problem. It is not logical that I or anyone else speak to all for example with all scholars, please be relevant,” he said.

Governor of Bali on December 26, 2012 had issued Decree Number 2138/02-C/HK/2012 about Permit and Rights for Usage, Development and Management of Benoa Bay, Bali Province.

Formerly, the Chairman of the Regional Council of Indonesian Environmental Forum (Walhi) Bali Wayan “Gendo” Suardana asked that the Decree related to Benoa Bay reclamation immediately to be revoked as it is deemed contrary to the 1945 National Constitution.

“SK Reclamation issued by the Governor of Bali, is the same spirit as The Coastal Management Rights (HP3) in Law No. 27 of 2007 about the Management of Coastal and Small Islands,” he said.

HP3, he said, is certified instrument that legalize exploitation of coastal waters and small islands for aquaculture, tourism and mining to the private sector, including foreigners.

“HP3 instrument has been stripped by the Constitutional Court, the decree of the Governor with the same motif should automatically be revoked,” he said.

He added that especially in the preamble of the Decree Bali Governor use Law No. 27 of 2007 as the legal basis. “It is obvious that this decree is contrary to the 1945 National Constitution and should be repealed,” Gendo said.

Meanwhile, the Central Indonesia Hindu Association (PHDI) proposed the creation of an independent investigation team to discover the origin of the issuance of Governor Decree and DPRD Bali recommendations related to reclamation permits in Benoa Bay, Badung.

“This team should be independent, have integrity and recommending accountable and transparent results. Without the team, it will be hard to solve the reclamation matter confusion, especially if the related parties throwing responsibility,” said Chairman of Sabha Walaka Central PHDI Putu Wirata Dwikora.

According to him, from the objective investigation we could uncover weakness of the Governor Decree, Chairman of Bali Parliament Recommendations and temporary study from Research and Community Service Bureau (LPPM) of Udayana University.

“Recommendation of the independent investigation team of course depends on the results of the search and investigation, and should be given broad authority to make a recommendation without the intervention of any party,” said the man who is also the Chairman of the “Bali Corruption Watch” (BCW) .

The team, he said, is necessary because of a growing polemic, those three parties are in a questionable position related to reclamation policy in Benoa Bay.

“If the Governor and Chairman of DPRD-Bali put attention to community participation and respect the principle of ‘clean government’ and ‘good governance’, then after this horrendous polemic they should be open to the public, so that the questions from society and the arguments of both Bali officials are tested openly, “he said.

He regretted that related to the Benoa Bay reclamation plan, neither the Governor and the Chairman of the Bali Parliament and its members, as well LPPM Unud seem less open and hide something from the public.

“If the debate and polemics appeared in the initial planning, the result would have been more positive. However, because the Decree has been issued and it was done quietly without public participation, suspicions emerged that there is huge amount of money behind this policy, become very reasonable,” he said.

He expected that various policies and programs as well as provincial and district development projects, should be discussed in a transparent manner, involving various stakeholders such as PHDI, Main Council of Costumary Village (MUDP), Indonesia Hotels and Restaurants Association (PHRI) and others.

“Like the power plant in Celukan Bawang Buleleng, the road over the waters (JDP) at Ngurah Rai mangrove areas, Seririt Soka bypass, establishment of strategic areas in provincial and regional levels, to our knowledge, PHDI is always invited for discussion. Why suddenly there is Benoa Bay reclamation study, but PHDI is not involved as in other policy areas, “he questioned.

Wirata also questioned other public participation, such as MUDP, NGOs that focus on conservation and saving the environment, and community leaders who are concerned with the preservation and development of culture and so on.

“As stakeholders, PHDI is interested to know and study the plan, because the responsibility of this council represents the aspirations and interests of Hindus in Bali,” he said.

He saw that something that was planned in secret is contrary to the principles of democracy and the principles of clean and good governance.

“What’s wrong? The closed attitude of those three parties led to the loss of space for people to participate. Theoretically, the neglect of the principles of good and clean governance is parallel with something deviant, such as the possibility of graft and violations of other laws,” Wirata said.

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