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Local Man’s Message To Gov’t Goes Viral In Bali

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A video of a local from Denpasar went viral after he questioned the government on a loudspeaker in the middle of an intersection. President Joko Widodo has recently stated that the partial lockdown currently implemented in Java and Bali is deemed ineffective in reducing COVID-19 cases in the regions, especially Bali.

As a city strictly implementing the partial lockdown, Denpasar recorded a significant number of new cases during the event.

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While the government continues to extend the partial lockdown, residents have started to question the government’s regulations as small businesses have been deeply affected by the curfew. 

Many have voiced concern on social media. A video of a local from Denpasar went viral on social media after he questioned the government on a mic in the middle of a busy intersection. The video was uploaded on a social media account, Dodechanel.

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“We agreed with all prevention protocols, but the government also needs to hear our voice when we complain about their policies,” Dode said.

He added that many people are struggling to sustain their businesses due to the 8:00pm curfew which for many people is considered too early.

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“On behalf of the people I urge the provincial government to provide a win-win solution for their people, especially since the tourism sector has been affected by the pandemic, causing many people to become unable to pay school tuition fees and other basic needs.” said Dode.

The video has received massive response from supporters as it represented the voice of many people in Bali.

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Ronald Carter

Wednesday 3rd of February 2021

There is no win-win situation with the coronavirus. Everyone is a loser. I fail to see why closing shops at 8pm will make any difference. Surely people can get to the shops between 8am to 8pm. Lockdowns save lives that has been proved around the world. In Perth at the moment 2 million people are locked down because a security at a hotel in quarantine tested positive to coronavirus. Over 12,000 people will be tested each day. All of the security guards contacts of over 150 people will be traced and tested. Within a week the lockdown will be lifted and it will be safe to go about your business. With the coronavirus you have to take drastic measures it might not please everyone but that's what you have to do. Bali with an average of 350 new Covid cases and sadly 6 deaths. Bali needs completely lockdown. On Wednesday Feb 3 Australia had 2 new Covid cases.


Saturday 6th of February 2021

@Ronald Carter,

I assume you are Australian, and you dare to propagate total lockdown of Bali (you are not an Indonesian citizen) while people of Bali struggle to buy food, you are completely out of line. I see you are commenting on every single article on Covid. Go back to Australia, sit there in your flat and praise your government from there

Paul Morris

Saturday 6th of February 2021

@Ronald Carter,

Well said , this is the only way that the virus can be contained but after 10 months the Balinese government do not have a game plan to contain the virus, it is a disaster for the people of Bali unfortunately they will never recover from this unless strict measures are put in place to stop the spread and everyone gets vaccinated when it becomes available ( hopefully at no cost).