Indonesian celebrity and Atlas Beach Club co-founder has spoken out about noise complaints against the Bali venue. The TV lawyer has spoken to reports for the first time following noise complaints about Canggu’s latest beach club venue. He claims that the complaints were triggered by jealousy from other businesses in the area.
Speaking to reporters at Atlas Beach Club on Thursday, 20th October, Hotman Paris told reporters that the beach club area in Canggu is now synonymous with noise and that that kind of disturbance was happening regularly even before his venue opened. He said, ‘If it’s noise, it’s called an area beach club. Yes, there is noise, our neighbors have also endured noisy years. Why is it that foreigners who are noisy are not reprimanded?’
Suggesting there is a discrepancy between the authorities’ treatment of local businesses and foreign-owned businesses is the kind of bold move only the country’s popular TV lawyer personality could pull off. He continued to say, ‘It’s the foreigners who complain. It’s been noisy next to us. From 3 pm to night, the music is buzzing everywhere…indeed, if there is a new growth [namely Atlas Beach Club], it will feel competitive, it is natural that someone will sneer. In fact, on the beach, the sound of the waves is greater than the sound of music’.
He then made sarcastic comments suggesting that the complaints were a form of jealousy from neighboring, foreign-owned Finns Beach Club.
Complaints about noise in Canggu gathered plenty of attention in recent weeks. A petition against the noise levels in the area went viral and even landed on the desks of the provincial government. During investigations around complaints of noise and other potential legal violations, specifically at Atlas Beach Club, it was found that the new venue opened before the relevant authorities had granted sufficient business permits. Atlas Beach Club and the Bali Civil Service came to a ‘good faith’ agreement whereby they could stay open and operational while permits and licenses were completed.
The more general noise complaints about Canggu led the Bali Provincial Government to place a noise limit on venues. Now entertainment venues in the area have a sound limit of 70 decibels though it is widely acknowledged that this is not always adhered to. Speaking to reporters on the days after the new rules were put into place, Finns Beach Club, Facility Director Wirjawan, issued a statement.
He said, ‘[this is not a loss] it is actually an advantage, with this issue we will grow better. The solution is very good for our togetherness. We at Finns are already closed [at 1 am]…The volume, it depends; we’re still working on it’. Atlas Beach Club also issued a statement confirming they would cooperate with authorities on the matter. The Public Relations Officer for Atlas said, ‘Surely we respect and follow what is directed by the government. Later, there will be socialization [meetings] first; there, we will learn together. We must obey’.
Hotman Paris is in Bali celebrating his 63rd birthday. To celebrate another spin around the sun, the TV personality and businessman held a party at Atlas for hundreds of orphanage children, disabled, and cancer survivors.
In a speech, he expressed his gratitude for the attendees and hoped everyone enjoyed their time there. He offered some wisdom to the children saying, ‘You have to achieve success because everything needs hard work; if you fail, get up again. You have to have guts because guts are the key to success’.
He took the opportunity to tell reporters about the scope of the Atlas enterprise, stating that the venue will continue to make a valuable contribution to local people and the local economy. He said, ‘There are around 1,500 workers who live from here, so we ask all parties to support it; besides having an impact on tourism in Bali, it also makes a big contribution to the local government’.
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