DENPASAR ~ Governor of Bali I Made Mangku Pastika, who has recently been criticized about his dealings with villas being built around the sacred temple of Uluwatu, has said his is not afraid to confront anyone about the problem, an official said this week.
“It’s clear that we will uphold the law. If not, we will be marked as a government that despises the constitution of this country,” spokesman for the governor’s office Nyoman Puasa Aryana said.
He said the governor had made it clear he was ready to face the regent of Badung, AA Gde Agung, if necessary.
“Regent Gde Agung, officials of government and the people of Bali are all the same in the eyes of the law. If they have done something wrong, they should be punished,” he said.
Puasa said Governor Pastika would be holding ongoing meetings with officials about the problem.
According to him, Indonesia’s constitution says that any regent who breaks zoning laws could face five years in jail and a Rp500-million (US$52,000) fine, as well as being dishonorably discharged from office.
Chairman of Badung Assembly I Made Arjaya said the governor’s threats were aimed towards the Regent of Badung, who signed permits allowing the building of villas in areas around Uluwatu Temple on the southernmost tip of the island.