You Take the Highway & I’ll Take the Toll Way
Bali Toll Way Opens on Monday, September 23, 2013. Free Use for the Public Until October 1st
(9/22/2013) After a number of postponements, Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono will officiate on Monday, September 23 at the inauguration of Bali's first toll road connecting Benoa – Ngurah Rai Airport – Nusa Dua.
To help celebrate the momentous occasion PT Jasa Marga Bali Tol – the owner-operators of the highway will allow the public to use the new road without charge until October 1, 2013.
The public is encouraged to try the 12.7-kilometer road during the week of toll-free travel, but, at the same time, are being urged to follow all posted rules for safe use, including honoring speed limits.
The fare structure commencing October 1, 2013 is broken down into six separate vehicle categories:
CATEGORY I: Four-wheeled vehicle (sedans, pick-up trucks and small vans) Rp. 10,000
CATEGORY II: Two-axle truck and Buses Rp. 15,000
CATEGORY III: Three-axel trucks Rp. 20,000
CATEGORY IV: Four-axel truck Rp. 25,000
CATEGORY V: Five-axel Truck Rp. 30,000
CATEGORY VI: Motorcycles Rp. 4,000
Jasa Marga Bali Tol will accept payment by cash or prepaid e-toll cards.
In a Holding Pattern Over North Bali
North Bali Airport Project Remains in Doubt
(9/22/2013) Uncertainty Surrounds Plans for North Bali Airport with NusaBali reporting that the Buleleng Group lobbying for the airport is in partial disarray following the retirement of the chief of the provincial Transportation – Information –Communication Office who was serving as the chairman of the group.
Dewa Punia Asa's recent retirement has seen the North Bali Airport group left without its Captain, with requests for Asa to remain on in an advisory capacity thus far unanswered.
The Provincial Secretary for Bali Tjokorda Ngurah Pemayun told the press that Bali awaits the results of a feasibility study and a decision from the Ministry of Transportation specifying the ideal North Bali location for the new airport.
The chairman of commission III of the Bali House of Representatives (DPR), I Gusti Ngurah Suryanta, said that the North Bali Airport is slated for discussion and inclusion in the 2014 Provincial Budget for Bali (APBD). At the same time, Suryanta added: “Technical matters and air safety are the business of the Director General of Civil Aviation. We only prepare the location for the airport. We are waiting for a decision from the Central Government.”
NusaBali reports that residents of Sumberkima Village are expressing doubts that their area will meet the safety and flight operations requirements of aviation authorities selecting the location for the proposed airport.
A Sumberkima resident said: “It looks 80% sure that the Buleleng Airport project will be abandoned. The location of the proposed airport in Buleleng cannot be forced in matters concerning air safety. The information is that Sumberkima Village in West Buleleng and Kutambahan Village in East Buleleng have both been ruled out as not viable from an air safety standpoint."
The unnamed source said his information was received directly from those involved in planning the proposed airport. He added, “I don’t know if this information is just to slow down land speculators or if, in fact, both areas are unsuitable for an airport’s location in Buleleng.”
Separately a contractor from North Bali confirmed to NusaBali that property prices are doubling in certain areas of Bulelelng with agents and land speculators working hard to make a windfall profit from the proposed new airfield.
Both proposed locations in Buleleng are proving problematic as sites for a second major Bali airport.
The West Buleleng location of Sumberkima Village has raised issues of air safety and concerns that the need to reclaim land for the runway would be opposed by many in the community. However, in favor of the West Buleleng location is the fact that the provincial government owns a 650-hectare plot of land at the proposed location that will make land acquisition less of a problem. This location would also only require 4 religious temples to be relocated and minimize the need to relocate current residents.
Meanwhile the East Buleleng location at Kubutambahan, aside from any potential air safety issues, would require the relocation of thousands of households and at least 14 religious temples.
If, however, aviation authorities rule both locations unsuitable from an air safety standpoint, other matters relating to land acquisition become instantly moot.
Acquiring the Keys to Nirwana
MNC Group Looking to Finance 100% Stake in Pan Pacific Nirwana Resort at Tanah Lot
(9/22/2013) The PT MNC Group is reported to be in search of loans that would allow it to become the sole proprietor of PT Bali Nirwana Resort – a golf and resort facility operated by Pan Pacific Hotels.
PT Media Nusantara Citra’s (PT MNC Group) core business is comprised of 3 Free-to-Air television channels – RCTI, MNCTV and GlobalTV – together with 16 channels created and produced by MNC that is broadcasted on Pay-TV.
The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) quoted MNC Land director Daniel Yuwono who explained that MNC needs around Rp. 1 trillion (US$89.84 million) to acquire the entire hotel and recreational complex.
The remaining stake in the property is owned in its by PT Bakrieland Development headed by Indonesian presidential hopeful Aburizal Bakrie.
Yuwono added: “The company will use funds from the recent rights issue and seek loans to plug the remaining financial needs."
MNC Land, controlled by media tycoon Hary Tanoesoedibjo, successfully raised recently raised Rp 2.18 trillion via the sale of new shares in a rights issue. ??
MNC Land signed a sales agreement on July 25, 2013 in which they purchased a 19.09% share of the Bali Nirwana property for Rp. 326,33 billion. A subsequent agreement signed on August 2, 2013, provided for the acquisition of an additional 25% share of the property for Rp. 427.54 billion.
The funds needed to satisfy the two agreements were provided from a rights issue that is subject to shareholder approval.
A third agreement signed on August 2, 2013 provides for the purchase of the remaining 55.91% of the Bali. With provisions allowing payment over a 12 month period requiring an estimated Rp. 956 billion to consummate.
Bali Nirwana reported revenues of Rp. 62.47 billion over the first five months of 2013 resulting in a net loss of Rp. 37.85 billion for the same period.
Bali Nirwana ended 2012 with a net loss of Rp. 206.68 billion, a retreat from the Rp, 33.22 billion net profit booked in 2011. A downturn in total revenues to only 157.77 billion in 2012, as compared to Rp. 189.5 billion in 2011 – played a major role in the move into losses from profitability.
The company’s balance sheet show total assets for the Nirwana Resort of Rp. 824.1 billion
Bittersweet Memories of Italy
As Costa Concordia Righted by Salvage Experts, a Balinese Former Crewmember Waits for His Life to Get Back on an Even Keel
(9/22/2013) While the world watched the righting and refloating of the Costa Concordia in Italy this past week, the news coverage must have been especially bittersweet for a 32-year-old Balinese man, Nyoman Juniartha.
When the Costa Concordia sank on January 14, 2012, Juniartha was numberd among the casualties. A member of the ship’s crew, Nyoman fell 12-meters as the ship capsized. Hospitalized for six months the young Balinese man spent 6-months in Italian hospitals in Siene, and later in Rome. It was only in July of 2012 that the Balinese crew member was allowed to return to Bali, accompanied on his flight by an Italian nurse.
In the capsizing, Nyoman Juniartha suffered numerous injuries that included a broken backbone and a severed nerve that has left him confined to a wheelchair with no feeling below his waste.
As reported by NusaBali, since his return to Bali in the middle of last year Juniartha has visited a number of doctors and medical centers seeking a “miracle” medial treatment that would restore the use of his legs.
Disheartened by a lack of progress, Nyoman has stopped attending twice weekly physical therapy sessions.
Also, as result of his accident, Nyoman Juniartha’s plans to marry his 25-year-old sweetheart, Ni Nengah Pariani, have been put on hold. The couple were originally schedule to marry in February 2012, one month after the ship’s grounding.
Since his homecoming, Nyoman Juniartha has also manage to move from his parent’s simple home in Sanur to a new, more spacious house purchased on Jalan Sedap Malam in Denpasar where he spends his days in a wheelchair accompanied by his ever-faithful Nengah Pariani.
Half a Solution
Agreement Reached Between Ngurah Rai Airport and P2B Averting Threat of Airport Blockage
(9/22/2013) A meeting between the Airport Traders Association (P2B) and PT Angkasa Pura I, mediated by Bali’s Deputy Governor Ketut Sudikerta, has achieved a measure of success in resolving the ongoing dispute between Balinese traders at Ngurah Rai International Airport and the airport’s management.
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) has been signed between the Airport Authority and P2B providing 50 new shop spaces at the airport. The Head of the 9th Udayana Military Command and the Chief of Police for Bali witnessed the formalization of the MOU.
Sudikerta told Radar Bali that the parties had reached an understanding on the location for the kiosks within the airport and the 50 spots will be activated in stages as completion of the airport permits.
The chairman of P2B, Wayan Sukses, confirmed an agreement was in hand. The 50 places allocated to the 121 member P2B, while inadequate to the ideal number required, Sukses said his members would merge their operations to ensure everyone gets space to trade.
Meanwhile the general manager of PT Angkasa Pura I, Purwanto, said the 50 spaces for the P2B members would be realized in stages between now and April 2014 when all aspects of the arrival and departure terminals are finally completed.
Prior to coming to terms with PT Angkasa Pura I, P2B had threatened mass demonstrations at the airport before the end of September.
Internet Cable TV Comes to Bali
Biznet Launches the First Cable High Definition TV in Bali
(9/22/2013) To celebrate its 13th anniversary PT Supra Primatama Nusantara, more generally known as Biznet Networks, has launched Internet and Cable TV services in Bali.
Adi Kusma, President Director of Biznet Networks, speaking at the Bali launch party on Sunday, September 15, 2013, said that people in Bali can now enjoy max3 Internet + Cable TV services. “Broadband Internet with bonus High Definition quality Cable TV is the latest innovation made by Biznet Networks. We are the first company to present Cable TV service with HD quality in Bali,” he said.
With monthly fees starting from Rp 250,000, customers can get entertainment through the Ultra Fast Internet and digital Cable TV services that feature 81 channels (55 Standard Definition channels and 26 High Definition channels), including local TV channels.
Media Partners Asia (MPA-a TV research institute in Singapore) claims Indonesia is comprised of more than 60 million households, 40 million of which own a TV. That same data shows that only 2-3 million customers subscribe for pay TV service. That leaves some 37-38 million households still watching free to air (FTA) channels.
It is estimated that in the coming years TV cable subscribers in Indonesia will almost double to 5 million customers. Biznet Network’s Adi Kusma is optimistic that max3 will be eagerly embraced by the Bali marketplace.
Biznet Networks targets 1,000 subscribers through 5,000 homepasses built in Bali for their new service. The target markets for max3 are homes, apartments and villas. The present areas now served by Biznet’s max3 Internet + Cable TV are Seminyak, Ubud, Kerobokan, Denpasar, Kuta, Nusa Dua and Jimbaran.
For hotels, service apartments, hospitals and dormitories Biznet Networks offers max3 hospitality service - an integrated solution combining Biznet Dedicated Line and max3 Cable TV services.
The first hotel in Bali to sign up for max3 hospitality solution is the RIMBA Jimbaran Resort that opened its doors on September 18, 2013. “Our guests are hoping for the best services, and it has been our commitment to provide the best facilities such as high-speed Internet connection, WiFi, and high quality Cable TV with Digital HD to fulfill RIMBA’s guests satisfaction, ” explained Clive Edwards resort manager, RIMBA Jimbaran Resort Bali.
For more information telephone ++62-(0)361-500933 or visit the Biznet Networks office at Jalan Teuku Umar No. 226, Denpasar.
Keeping Your Feet Dry in Sanur
Sanur Slated to Build Wharf for Local Ferry Boats
(9/22/2013) The Jakarta Post (Bali Daily) carries the news that a pier will soon be constructed to for the many boats operating from Sanur Beach to the Nusa Penida Islands.
Plans for the new wharf were confirmed by Gede Astika of the Denpasar Transportation Agency, following the completion of a feasibility study conducted by the City,
The pier is to be used by the small ferry boats that embark and disembark passengers on Sanur Beach, not far from the Inna Grand Bali Beach Hotel.
Funding will come from the Central Government in Jakarta.
Technical plans for the pier are in the process of being drawn up preliminary to the commencement of a formal biding process.
Tens of boats depart every day from Sanur ferrying locals and tourist visitors to the three islands that comprise Nusa Penida: Nusa Penida, Nusa Lembongan and Nusa Ceningan.
Plans for the pier form part of a larger development plan for Sanur, which has been designated as a Strategic National Tourism Area (KSPN) by the national government. Among the other improvements planned for Sanur are jogging tracks, a dedicated area for souvenir shops and a waste management system.
Burying the Hatchet in Bali
PDIP Party Announces it Intent to End Political Opposition to Bali Governor Pastika\
(9/22/2013) The Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDIP), who fought a hotly contested battle for the governorship of Bali against Made Mangku Pastika, is now seeking a rapprochement with the Island’s newly re-elected chief executive.
During a plenary session of the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD-Bali) on Friday, September 20, 2013, a spokesman for the PDIP-Bali announced that their faction in the House would abandon its opposition role during Pastika’s final term of office.
I Nyoman Parta of the PDIP Party said: “The law on local government clearly states the local government is the governor and the council. In this light, it’s not appropriate if the council assumes the role of the opposition.”
The announcement came as a political surprise from a party that has in the past seen fit to oppose Governor Pastika at every turn, reflecting a very bitter estrangement between PDIP’s chairwoman Megawati Soekarnoputri and the governor.
The move by the PDIP bodes well for future political cooperation between the DPRD and the Governor for the coming five years. PDIP holds 24 seats (44%) of the 55 seats in the Bali House of Representatives (DPRD).
Indications are that the newly discovered spirit of cooperation between the Governor and the PDIP will see an end to the party’s opposition to Pastika’s popular Bali Mandara Program that provides government-paid medical care for Bali residents and unrelenting vehement attacks by the PDIP on Pastika stemming from now-abandoned Benoa Bay reclamation project.
Pastika welcomed the truce with the PDIP and the opportunities he says it presents for all stakeholders to work together on behalf of the Balinese people.
An Open Letter to Governor Pastika
Bali Update Editor, John Daniels, Writes Bali’s Governor on Behalf of Bali’s Dogs and BAWA
Dear Governor Pastika:
First of all, forgive this intrusion on your crowded schedule in the lead up to the APEC Summit.
But I feel compelled to write in order to call to appeal your assistance in an unfortunate developing situation that I believe is within your power to remedy.
Over the past days, animal welfare authorities in Gianyar have ordered the closure of the Bali Animal Welfare Association (BAWA), citing a number of licensing and registration violations by the BAWA Animal Clinic in Lod Tunduh, near Ubud.
Given a deadline of only days to prepare licenses that require weeks of detailed preparation and processing, the workers and volunteers now face the inevitable closure of their animal clinic and the resulting dilemma of how to find homes for the nearly one-hundred animals now under BAWA’s care.
Since its establishment nearly a decade ago, BAWA has made tremendous strides in improving the lot of Bali’s dogs and other pets. It has launched educational programs in local communities and schools; provided free clinics for pets; established a 24-hour animal ambulance service; created an effective adoption program for stray or unwanted animals; and played a front-line role in the critically important battle against rabies now underway in Bali.
Fiercely committed to animal welfare and impatient with the enormity of the task at hand, BAWA and its supporters have sometimes been guilty of over-zealousness, trampling on a the feelings of some members of the community along the way. Despite any missteps BAWA may have committed, the overwhelming evidence remains that Bali is a much better place today because of BAWA’s untiring devotion the island’s pet population.
In the process of educating the people of Bali on the plight of its street dogs BAWA has also happily learned of the strong support of the Balinese community for their work. Many Balinese doctors and community members work as volunteers; make donations; and participate in rounding up street dogs for vaccination, sterilization and medical care. Along the way, the Balinese volunteers at BAWA have shared the epic Mahabrata story,known to every Balinese child, of Yudistira whose kind manner was capable of taming even the wildest animal.
This deeply ingrained Bali-Hindu deference to all living creatures, is also embodied in the blessing for animals sought from the Almighty each Tumpek Kadang day. A shared sense of kindness to animals is part of the spirit that motivates BAWA’s ambulance workers who responds at any hour of the day and night when called to assist a sick animal or a dog injured on the Island’s busy roads.
Bali's reputation as a world renowned tourist destination has been aided by BAWA's work. Tourist visitors to Bali are relieved to know that injured animals encountered while touring the island are urgently cared for by the workers and volunteers of BAWA.
Such good work on behalf of Bali and its animals are now at risk of coming to an endwith the coming closure of BAWA.
Dear Bapak Pastika, because of your personal background as a top law enforcement officer in Indonesia you know that there are always two options available when faced by those who have made mistakes and failed to follow the law. Those choices are: strict enforcement of the letter of the law or alternatively educating and counseling the public to follow the law and eliminate future errors.
Given adequate time and guidance from animal welfare officials, I feel you can be certain that BAWA would spare no effort to comply with all existing rules and regulations in order that they continue with their important work. If you could mediate the needed additional time for BAWA to work with officials to put its documents in order, not only would Bali retain this valuable community asset but BAWA would be able to forge a more positive working relationship with the Island’s officials in the future.
As the clock ticks down on BAWA’s continued existence, your intervention is urgently needed to see that the work of this outstanding community organization is allowed to continue without compromising any existing rules and regulations.
On behalf of the wagging tails and cold noses seeking everyone's care and consideration, permit me to thank you for taking the time to read this letter.
Paradise as a Parking Lot for Planes
At least 15 Presidential Aircraft Expected to Park in Bali During APEC Summit
(9/20/2013) As many as 15 presidential aircraft carryings heads of state attending the Asian Pacific Economic Cooperation Summit (APEC) will be parked at Bali’s newly renovated airport in early October.
During the Summit on International Sustainable Development segment of the APEC Conference October 5-7, fifteen VVIP aircraft have confirmed their need for apron space in Bali.
Military officials overseeing the allocation of apron space told the State News Agency Antara that the type of aircraft to be used by four of the fifteen heads of state remain unconfirmed, complicating efforts to finalize parking plans.
Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono has issued instructions ordering that all presidential planes be allocated apron space in Bali.
President Barack Obama and Russian President Vladimir Putin have advised Indonesian authorities that each will bring two presidential aircraft to Bali.
Meanwhile, authorities in Bali confirm that space will be found to park the aircraft used by heads of state.
The Government of Indonesia has announced extended periods during October 6-9, 2013 when Bali’s airport will be closed to commercial aircraft to allow the smooth arrival and departure of VVIP aircraft.
Bali’s New Welcome
International Terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport Now Open for Business
(9/20/2013) On Thursday, September 19, 2013, PT Angkasa Pura I (PAP-I) began the process relocating all operational aspects of its service to international air passengers to it newly opened international terminal at Bali’s Ngurah Rai International Airport.
PAP-I is the management authority of Bali's airport.
The CEO of PAP-I, Tommy Soetomo proclaimed the massive relocation project a success.
As reported by Bisnis.com, the new terminal welcomed its first guests when 209 passengers aboard China Airlines MU 5029 from Shanghai landed at 6:22 am. Eight minutes later at 6:30 am, 68 passengers touched down on Malaysia Airlines (MH 867).
With the exception of a few minor teething problems and reports of longer-than-normal delays at some service counters, all aspects of the new terminal including baggage claim, visa-on-arrival, immigration, customs and other aspects operated largely according to plan.
Tommy Soetomo shared his pleasure at the smooth welcome afforded international passengers on Thursday, telling the press the transition had run smoothly.
To mark the special occasion directors of PAP I were on hand to welcome the China Airline passengers, bestowing the passengers with floral leis while traditional dancers and a gamelan orchestra added to the merriment.
Soetomo declared that after one year and three months of ongoing construction the new international terminal of the Bali Ngurah Rai International Airport commenced operations on September 19, 2013.
Soetomo described how the international terminal has seven baggage collection carousels, twenty visa-on-arrival counters, twenty-six immigration lockets and three customs inspection areas.
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