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Image: The present situation at the Sari Club site. Credit: Facebook.

Australian Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, expressed his disappointment to the Badung government after they issued a new building permit (IMB) to the owner of ex-Sari Club site. He said that the plan will disappoint Australian people, because dozens of Australians were killed at the terrorist bombing of Kuta’s Sari Club in 2002.

Morrison was disappointed to hear that PT Hotel Cianjur Asri had received approval to build a 533 seat restaurant at the site. He posted on his social media on Thursday that funds had been provided to construct a Peace Park in the area. “Our Consul-General in Bali has been working tirelessly to resolve this issue,” he said on his Twitter.

He also stated that he will try to persuade the Badung government to annul their decision. “The Australian government will continue to work with Indonesian authorities to resolve this issue and ensure the memories and families of all those who were murdered in that shocking terrorist attack are properly respected,” he added.

One of the Bali bombing victims’ friend, Jan Laczynski, appreciated the PM’s statement and efforts to annul the decision. “I fully understand what this kind of support means for the families of the 88 Australian citizens and 202 people who were killed in Bali. I hope they can rest in peace and we shouldn’t disturb them,” he said.

The location has been used as a parking area since and several kiosks were selling merchandise there. They were asked to leave within the next week and it is predicted that the construction will begin on May 9. The Bali Peace Park Association held a meeting with the land owner’s cousin and Badung District government on Wednesday. The land owner representative stated that they didn’t want to sell the land and they will continue to start the construction on May 9.

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  • Dave
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    I am australian and absolutely appalled at the Bali government..obviously money is their only condideration…have been to Bali 14 times month at a time..i have gradually lost Respect for Bali with all the rubbish.savage dogs.rip ogf merchants every way you turn..was intending to retire there .but they make it too hard…and Now to build over a Shrine a graveyard..i am sick of their hypocritical bad behaviour.And soon a New departure and enter tax only on foreigners…i was such a lover of everything Bali.but now have lost..i will go elderberry…lots of my family and friends feel the same..good bye Bali and good luck..they are destroying tourist confidence..

    • gabrielbali
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      You seem to be one of the people belonging to the less helpful majority on our planet, people who see the things more negative and who obviously like and prefer to complain! I could show you so many proofs what in Australia is going wrong but I won’t…

      I live in Bali for 23 years already and I prefer to help the Balinese to develop and to do the things better than before. You should do the same instead of complaining or do it at least in Australia, There is a lot to do as well, just open your eyes!

      Start to enjoy your life before it’s too late!

      All the best for you,
      Gabriel

  • Peter Francis McKenzie
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    This is an International, National and Balinese site of significance where the 2002 Bali bombings occurred on 12 October 2002 in the tourist district of Kuta on the Indonesian island of Bali. The attack killed 202 people (including 88 Australians, 38 Indonesians, and people of more than 20 other nationalities). A further 209 people were injured.
    The Bali Peace Park Association Inc. with support of the Australian Consul General in Bali has done a huge amount of work and carried out community consultation in both Indonesia including Bali and Australia to reflect the wishes of the families who lost loved ones or had family injured in this terrible senseless tragedy. They have a Beautiful Peace Park plan and continue to working to ensure the bombing site is given the true status it should have, that of a Shrine in Honour of all families affected by the tragedy in more than 20 nations including Indonesians and Australians to allow them to rest in Peace eternally hereafter..
    A commercial 533 seat restaurant on the site is totally disrespectful, inappropriate and is not honouring those who lost their lives or were injured in this terrorist act. Nor does it creating international harmony or respect to all tourist who want to visit Bali and honour their loved ones or country men and women in a respectful, dignified and peaceful manner that will benefit future generation of balinese from increased tourism.
    I implore the Bandung Provincial Government to reverse the 533 seat Restaurant Building Permit and to actively support the Bali Peace Park Association’s Proposal for a Peace park in honour of those lost or injured in the shocking Terrorist act of 2012.
    The owners actions is a direct failure to act appropriately is disrespectful and will result in a catastrophic loss of face and impact on Balinese tourism. and the 38 Indonesians killed in the act of terrorism.
    It is time to make a lasting positive legacy for the future benefit of all Balinese and visitors.

  • Robert Wesley
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    I am afraid that the only proper contra action is a total boycot of the planned restaurant and it’s foolish, corrupt and money driven owners. Furthermore I am convinced that willing to work Balinese staff, will be hard to find on a site like this.
    I am willing to set up a boycot/info website immediately!

  • Halye McGuire
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    The restaurant will not be successful as the spirits of the people who lost their life there will be disturbed and disrespected. It’s a sacred place now and should stay that way.

  • Dave
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    On the contrary i have been in the process of getting visa etc to tetire there..but after so many negs lately ..and this just made my decision…
    Also i must add ..its also poor a person cant make a comment like mine and Not betediculed by a know all like you..

  • bob Clinton
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    Hey Gabriel you have lived in Bali for 23 years I lived there as well and this deal would have been made over money and corruption I think you would have to agree

    Bob

    • gabrielbali
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      Bob, of course i agree! But do you guess in your country there is no corruption? I guarantee, they just hide it in a better or let’s say in a more criminal way…

      And, of course, here in Bali we can find greedy people too like everywhere around the planet but most of the Balinese are still nice and extremely friendly and loveable as well. I don’t want to blame all the Balinese people because of just a few who are greedy and criminal. Bali is still an amazing place with a high spiritual energy at least for those who prefer to see the positive aspects and not mainly the nagative ones…

  • editor
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    You folks should join in the discussion on the ST Facebook page. The comments used to be linked, but with the recent privacy law changes that all changed too. It’s definitely a topic worth talking about. Ed.
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/seminyaktimes/

  • gabrielbali
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    Dave, many thanks for your comments about Bali. They might help to keep as many tourists as possible away from our Island. The truth is that not the people from Bali are the real problem but the tourists like you who love complainig and blaming wherever they are. Those visitors are actually bringing lots of negative vibes to our beautiful island of the Gods and to keep them out of Bali would be the best solution for the spirit of our endangered paradise…

  • gabrielbali
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    Dave, thanks for helping to keep Bali clean and please continue writing comments like you like to do!

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