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'It's rare to find a Nyoman or Ketut': Bali tells parents to have third, fourth child

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Denpasar   ●   Sat, June 29, 2019

In what seems to be a contrast to global concerns over overpopulation, Bali Governor Wayan Koster has encouraged residents to have four children, as suggested by local wisdom.

The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician has ordered all regents and city mayors across the island to stop all family planning programs from the central government, which encourages couples to have two children.  

In an instruction letter on Balinese Krama Family Planning signed on June 14, he demanded that all local leaders run family planning programs according to local wisdom to create “superior Balinese and quality family”.  

Bali administration spokesperson Agung Sutha said the instruction letter was made to respect the reproduction rights of the Balinese people

“What we mean is that the Balinese people have ...

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