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The Ministry of Communications and Information (Kominfo) is ready to approve point number four of the joint letter of intent signed by the Indonesian Dharma Hindu Parisada (PHDI) and a group of Bali government officials related to Nyepi.

Point four states that the cellular service providers have to turn off the mobile data (Internet) service starting from Saturday, March 17, on 6am until Sunday, March 18, at the same time.

“The Ministry and the providers can fulfill point number 4 of the suggestion completely,” said the Head of Bali Province Communication, Information, and Statistic (Kominfos) Agency, Nyoman Sujaya, was confirmed by balipost.com via mobile phone from Jakarta on Monday.

According to Sujaya, the Internet network that will be turned off is only the one for smartphones/ mobile phones. Meanwhile, strategic services like security, hospitals, airport, and mitigation will be active like normal days.

“All of the cellular operators attended the meeting held yesterday in Jakarta and all of them have stated that they are ready to fulfill point number four of the letter. The PHDI and FKUB also attended the meeting,” he added.

Sujaya also said that Kominfo has sent the official letters to the operators. Although the Internet will be turned off, phone and SMS services still can be used. “Phone and SMS still can be used, we only turn off the Internet,” he said.

Previously, the Head of Bali PHDI, I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana, asked Bali citizens that they don’t have to be anxious nor angry, because the suggestion was made to give a positive impact to Hindu people that will celebrate Nyepi in Bali.

“There is a lot of entertainment on the Internet, however entertainment is not allowed on Nyepi. But there are many citizens that were offended and even threatened the Chief of Parisada, but it’s still normal,” he said.

According to Sudiana, the letter of intent has been delivered to Kominfo. If the cellular service operators or providers can fulfill the suggestion, it would be great. But, if they cannot fulfill it, there will be a sanction waiting them. His side hoped that cellular service provider can understand the meaning of Nyepi to be carried out in a quiet condition.

He also added that on Nyepi, communication with God doesn’t need any intermediaries. It simply brings together thoughts, words and deeds.

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  • Wojciech Czurczak
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    Off Electric And water And gas too

  • Jodie Hargreaves
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    I don’t understand how people can’t give up the internet for one night. Use the night to get to know people in the hotel. In the 80’s it was a fun day and night.

    • Herling Untu W
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      Its not about forbiding the internet but its about breaching into your privasi. You watch next year no electricity. No internet??? No tvJust rent a bunch of dvd. So i sugest to cut electricity altogether. To inforce nyepi the real way. Your talking about meeting people and talking?? Thats against nyepi we should suggest no meeting other snd no talking.

    • Jodie Hargreaves
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      Herling Untu W in hotels people talk during the day and night. At night it is in whispers though. I am saying what it is was like back in 1980 and the rest of the 80’s before Bali changed

  • Andrew John Leith
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    Sorry Juliettte Juliette Wilkinson no football for you

  • Ranei Wood
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    Verity N Wood

  • Herling Untu W
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    Next they are going to forbide reading books drinking and eating. Nyepi use to be really cool but every year it gets more and more represive. I hate any form of dictatorism.

  • Kerry Godfrey
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    Hope they publish emergency contact phone numbers !! Last year Google saved a mans life..family had to google emergency hospital phone number..as no one on front desk and no help from anyone!!!

  • Rudolf Dethu
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    The Information Minister said yesterday that he doesn’t know about this yet. This is so wrong. Same as you aren’t allowed to open the warungs during bulan puasa.

  • Adam Crispin
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    Apparently no WiFi either, provider dependant. But they seem to be jumping on board and turning it off.

    • Claire Louise Jonson
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      Westerners aren’t allowed Internet but Muslims are allowed to go to mosque

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    2 days ago the PROMISED internet WILL BE WORKING, only NO TV

  • Adam Crispin
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    Yes, I’ve just checked directly with CBN and been told no service. Time for the books and DVDs 🙂

  • Adam Crispin
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    That’s a very good question… I can see them becoming more popular in future years…

  • Seminyak Edits
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    I suppose it depends on which provider is supplying internet to these emergency services. Who supplies those places?

  • Hansch
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    Telkomsel is off, XLstill works 🙂 Happy Nyepi!

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