In the wake of recent social media posts around the bad behaviour of foreign tourists in Bali, Kompas TV are reporting that the Bali Police Chief, Inspector General Putu Jayan Danu Putra and Bali’s Governor, I Wayan Koster, have asked the public not to share and make viral such bad behaviour on social media platforms as it could damage the image of the Island of the Gods.
Putu added that doing so could be investigated under Indonesia’s Information and Electronic Transactions (ITE) Law (Law No. 11 of 2008) which aims to regulate various aspects of social media, information and electronic transactions, including electronic commerce, online activities and content, digital signatures, and cybercrime.
The Police Chief asked the public to immediately report bad behaviour to the police, instead of posting on social media and making it viral, saying “the role of the community is to report to prevent deviant acts committed by tourists,” as quoted by Antara News, Sunday (28/5/2023.)
The Governor also asked residents to immediately report to the local authorities if they see rogue foreign tourists. He also appealed to residents not to encourage such bad behaviour.
“Balinese people are prohibited from facilitating foreign tourists who carry out activities not in accordance with visa permits or statutory provisions,” said Koster.
Kompas TV report that, Koster said his party was moving quickly to take action against foreign tourists who behaved badly after their actions were widely reported.
“We immediately moved, those who were deported were in accordance with statutory requirements, there were also violations such as deviations from visa permits and a legal process was carried out at the Bali Regional Police, that was ongoing and of course could be subject to criminal law,” said Koster.
Source: Kompas TV