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Letter: Why is Bali on sale?

  • The Jakarta Post

  /   Fri, April 15 2011   /  09:00 am

Why is Bali, the Island of the Gods, being desecrated by unbridled mindless development? Has Bali lost its way in the maze of international trade and commerce; or has the ethics of a vibrant ethos been put on sale to the highest bidder(s)?

Every sphere of island life, including the environment, has been infiltrated and contaminated by the pawning of family heirlooms, all for a dollar. And in this disgraceful gold rush, the majority of ordinary Balinese have been overlooked.

Here is a brief survey of Bali today.

Education: School children must buy their textbooks from their teacher. There is no standardization of textbooks. In government schools, tuition fees are waived for all students until grade six. But overhead such as uniforms, books etc. has to be paid for. Many children drop out after grade nine on completing junior high school (SMP), because their families c...