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Bali Video Goes Viral: Local Refuses To Pay Fine For Not Wearing Face-mask

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A video has gone viral of a local man who refused to pay a fine he received for not wearing a mask.

Civil Service Officers including police and military have been conducting operations at several different public areas in Bali to enforce prevention protocols.

An incident occurred during an operation called “Yustisi Operation” on Jalan Gajah Mada, Klungkung District on Saturday (29/1).

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

 The officer caught a local man, identified as Dewa, without a mask and issued him a fine of USD 7 (IDR 100,000) for violating safety protocols. 

The confrontation got heated as Dewa became furious when the officer asked him to pay the fine. Dewa began arguing with officers, his justification being that he forgot to wear the face mask as he was in a hurry.

(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

“I know the rule, but I’m in a hurry. It’s so hard to earn money nowadays, and now I have to pay for this because you have zero tolerance.” Dewa said. 

A witness at the location recorded the incident and uploaded it to social media. It didn’t take long before the video became viral as many people seem to support Dewa’s cause.

Bali police masks
(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

Meanwhile, the Head of Klungkung Public Civil Service Officer, Putu Suarta has confirmed the incident.

“It doesn’t matter if you only go for a short or long distance, rules are rules. Everyone should wear a mask, and properly cover their mouth and nose whenever they go to public areas.” Suarta concluded.

Bali police motorbikes
(Image: ©The Bali Sun – I Wayan Yaika)

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larry franklin

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

Lived in Indonesia for 12 years never seen a country so lawless everyone can do pretty much what they want, no rules no laws with driving, motorbikes can do anything they want and if one hits you it's your fault because your in car... most ridiculous thing I have ever seen.

Wayan Bo

Monday 1st of February 2021

Even after vaccination, vaccinated persons should wear masks further, because they can transmit and spread virus, and for there own safety too, because there is no vaccine yet with 100% guarantee against infection. - More and more is COVID-19 also under suspect that it cause completely sicknes of whole circulation and immune system.

Wayan Bo

Monday 1st of February 2021

In Sweden, citizens are not punished if they don't wear masks, because there government believe in self discipline of there citizens. - Even in "rich" Europe seven USD are very respected amount of money, because it can mean also food supply for a day or mostly longer. - By wearing such protective equipment as masks save yourself and others too.

david harris

Tuesday 2nd of February 2021

@Wayan Bo, Sweden population 10 million has had 566,000 cases of virus and nearly 11,000 deaths. Indonesia, population 270 million, has had just over 1 million cases and 30,000 deaths. Maybe Sweden should start punishing people?

Pascal

Monday 1st of February 2021

I hope thy can do more checks in Cangu/brawa so many foreigners do not respect. Wearing mask. Helmets etc thy just don't care and nobody stop this foreigners. THE fine should be 10.000.000.not 100.000

Kevin

Monday 1st of February 2021

Lock him up