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Residents of Banjar Lebah, Purwakerti Village, near Amed, Karangasem, have responded seriously to the beatings of two of their local people. Through an extraordinary meeting Tuesday (5/9) night, they insisted on banning the perpetrators of the beatings, Alexander Bernadus C. Hock (73) and his son initials AC (17) from setting foot again in their village. After the legal matter was concluded, the people urged the government to deport the two men back to their country.

In addition to residents and village officials of Banjar Lebah, the extraordinary meeting was also attended by village officials of Culik Village who served the Banjar Adat Lebah. In addition, there was also the Head of Purwakerti Village, I Nengah Karyawan and Abang Police Chief, AKP Nengah Sugita Yasa.

There were four important points that resulted from the extraordinary meeting. In addition to requests for deportation and legal proceedings for both perpetrators, residents also requested the immediately freezing of the villa venture, namely Vila Pondok Laut belonging to the perpetrator’s wife. Despite urging the closure of the villas, residents promised not to take retaliatory action and other actions that could be categorized as unlawful.

As reported by Bali Post, the two perpetrators attacked the father and son, I Wayan Sudarma Alit (41) and I Gede Sudarma Yasa (19), on Monday afternoon (4/9). They were attacked while moving bamboo stacks that were placed on the edge of the Amed road, opposite Villa Pondok Laut.

The perpetrators attacked the men for no apparent reason, enough to make the victims’ mouths bleed. During the incident, the two Dutchmen were then beaten by locals who began to run amok before being intervened by Abang police officers. Residents became violent not just because of the action of the perpetrators that one time. Previously, according to residents, both were threatening locals previously because of trivial matters.

Head of Purwakerti Village, I Nengah Karyawan Wednesday Kary (6/9), said the residents of Lebah and Purwakerti should not close themselves to the presence of investors. But, according to him, the presence of these particular people in the Amed region has caused anxiety and he can’t blame them for their aspirations.

‘”We’d like to thank the police who have taken legal action against the perpetrators. The police action has saved Amed’s tourism from trouble that could have occurred from this case. However, regarding the deportation and closure of the perpetrators’ businesses, this is not our domain nor the police’s,” he said. Similarly, Police Chief Sugita Yasa also said they have focused on the legal process. And, according to him, the two men have been charged with Article 170 of the Criminal Code juncto 55 KUHP.

DPRD Karangasem also reacted. Commission I Chairman, I Gede Bendesa Mulyawan, urged the regency not to remain silent. The representative of the people of Abang Dapil said the activities of foreigners must be addressed seriously so that their presence does not become the source of problems in the community.” We will also go down to check the problem,” he said.

Member of Commission I, I Wayan Sumatra, said the problems like which occurred in Amed are also caused by the government’s attitude that he considers is too loose on foreigners. To avoid similar incidents, he urges the government to be selective and to conduct an inventory of any business involving foreign nationals. ”Make sure the status of the foreigner, whether they have a work, travel, special or other visa. Then act in accordance with applicable provisions,” he said.

 

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  • Chris Bradach
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    Even they live in Indonesia and do business there, no sense at all to act in old colonial style, never forget the Balinese are sensitive to this and they are really friendly and tolerant as long as you dont forget the rules. Beating local people is an absolutely NO GO and will not be tolerated for sure. Maybe as self defense against criminals its ok but not in this case. They gonna pay the bill now and I think nasi jadi bubur and they gonna be deported very soon. Thats a bad experience for sure but they should never lose self control and try to resolve problems in a amical way, not doing it in the old fashion colonial style, those times are gone, believe me….

  • Marcel Paul Luitze
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    If you can’t accept the village life style and mentality of locals, don’t buy or build a villa in a village.

  • Arlo Sinclair
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    A very dangerous precedent, villagers demanding immigration action, perhaps outside of their responsibility. Seems no immigration violations are connected to this case. Also the stopping of a private villa development, owned by an Indonesian citizen, is very worrisome. If these two Dutch expats have been charged and found guilty, then they should be punished. I would be very curious as to know how the villagers were behaving to elicit this kind of reaction from these expats?

    • Andra van Hougl
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      Hi sir, whats the different between Expat and Immigrant?

    • Bob Nowak
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      Andra van Hougl Not a lot. An ex-pat has an expectation that they will one day return to their country of origin, while an immigrant expects to stay permanently

    • Ruchelle Turpin
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      Bob Nowak correct

  • Louis Fontanier
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    maybe he doesn’t want to pay (all) the fee!!!!

  • Andra van Hougl
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    Well, i think those Bule Belanda might need to learn about “dimana Bumi dipijak, disitu Langit dijunjung” 🙂

  • Edward Andrews
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    They were violent, then the locals gave them some more violence for a bit of a lesson… I wonder why they couldn’t just have a chat over a coffee and a few cigarettes..

  • Susi
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    The story as written above, is not only false, it is libelous. What actually happened was quite different.

    It’s irresponsible to run story like this one without verification. Shame on you.

    • Editor Seminyaktimes
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      Well Susi, knower of all things, tell us all what happened. And BTW, we are just quoting reputable news stories. Shame on you indeed

    • Kirana
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      What the story actually?
      Please Do clarification and make all people understand situations

  • Chris Bradach
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    just read some ratings and remarks about the owner of the villa and you will know that the story is true. Expats with colonial style attutude will always face trouble in Bali, but on other islands as well. More than 300 years of dutch colonialism are more than enough and guys who dont realize this gonna get a wake up call. Hope this rude dutchman will be deported soon, his poor wife, which seems to be a victim as well should be allowed to continue with her business, the young son was for sure influenced by the violent father and this guy is not a good teacher for a youngster with only 15 years of age…

  • 8 Degrees of Latitude
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    Indonesia has been independent by declaration for 72 years and formally for 67 years. Whatever happened in this case (and the full story is certainly not in the media reportage quoted here) has no connection with “colonial attitudes” – that’s just the handy catch cry that goes up when foreigners do things Indonesians don’t like. The root of most problems of this nature is found in money and bad behaviour.

    • Chris Bradach
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      It’s actually easy, expats should only follow the rule, which says “when in Rome do as the Romans do!” For sure this bad incident got a long history of internal conflicts in the village before and I was told by Amed friends this guy was a long lasting troublemaker and the locals already put an eye on him. So he will pay the bill now, I just feel sorry for his wife, as I can read in some remarks in Tripadvisor, she was actually a victim of his bad and rude manners too. Deporting this guy will contribute to more peace and good karma in Amed and it should be a warning for other expats when dealing with locals, never become violent, selfdefense for sure yes, but attacking locals is a real NO GO. I guess he knows now…

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