Customary Village Shouldn’t be Lulled into Investors’ Promise


The objection of Tanjung Benoa Customary village on Benoa Bay reclamation plan, is a reflection of how powerful the customary village in Bali is.

This attitude must be a modelf or all customary villages in Bali, which seemed to be “gray” in addressing investment harming the island.

Therefore, in the future the international tourist destination will be a target of investors. Frequently an investment could potentially damage the joints of culture and accelerating environmental destruction in the island.

While the attitude of the leaders are often unable to filter and seems subject to the desire of investors.

The worse thing is that customary village institutions that are expected to portray themselves as the last defense of Bali often weaken due to investors’ “persuasion”.

It’s getting attention from scholars of Indonesian Hindu University (Unhi) Denpasar, one of them is Prof. Ida Bagus Gunadha.

The Chairman of Widya Kerthi Educational Foundation Unhi Denpasar reminded that customary village not easily be lulled with material benefit offered by investors. For example, sweet promises to assist in the development program of local customary village, to open job opportunities for local residents and other lip services.

Before deciding to provide support for the implementation of a project, the customary villages that are generally represented by its staffs shall examine carefully whether the project operation would adversely affect the natural safety and environment of Bali.

The effects are both in the short and length span of time. Moreover, so many examples of investors having not fulfill the sweet promises they ever said.

“Do not keep being lulled by the sweet promises from investors. If the projects operational indeed have a serious impact on the preservation of nature and the environment, they should not be frightened to refuse. Remember, don’t be mortgaging Bali safety and future with materials that last temporarily ,”he said.

Gunadha added that Tri Hita Karana concept (especially in the field of palemahan – red) actually leads people to be wise in managing the nature and environment.

Unfortunately, the concept often “betrayed” at the level of praxis because of Balinese people actions “blinded” by the lure of material enjoyment.

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