A video of a foreign national who painted her face to look like she was wearing a mask to fool security has received backlash from both citizens and authorities.
The video that was made by two expats named Josh Paler Lin and Lisha went viral after many people condemned their act for intentionally violating a prevention protocol that has been implemented in Bali since the Covid-19 pandemic struck. At the beginning of the video, it was shown that they were both refused entry to a grocery store by security because Lisha was not wearing a facemask.
After that, Josh painted his friend’s face with blue paint in order to make it appear like she was wearing a facemask. And after he finished painting Lisha’s face, they attempted to gain access into the grocery store for the second time and were successful. They managed to fool the security guard while filming it all. In response one of Indonesia’s politicians and business women, Ni Luh Djelantik criticized this activity and reported the two expats to the authorities. “This is truly unethical behavior, especially while the people of Bali have been working so hard to overcome this pandemic. I urge authorities from our Immigration Office to handle this case as soon as possible.” Ni Luh said on her instagram.
Apparently it didn’t take long for the Head of the Bali Public Civil Service Officer, I Dewa Nyoman Rai Dharmadi to respond to this complaint. “The Covid-19 Handling Task Force in that area should be responsible to handle this case, and we have to stand firm in enforcing our policy. These people have to be penalized and maybe even deported if necessary.” Dharmadi said. Dharmadi was disappointed they intentionally violated prevention protocols for the sake of content on their social media.