Tourists in Bali have submitted a complaint to the local community about the noise disturbances they are experiencing. The noise complaints are about early rising rooster calls that they claim are disturbing the peace day and night. While local officials have confirmed that they will follow up on the complaint, some local reports describe the petition as ‘weird’ and ‘eccentric’ behavior from foreigners.
For many, the idea of being woken up naturally by the sound of a rooster calling in a village in Bali would be a dream come true. Especially for those who have come to Bali to escape the hustle and bustle of life in their home countries, where life is often permeated by the violent sound of an early morning alarm clock. This seems not to be the case for a group of foreigners in the Jimbaran area of South Kuta.
Jimbaran is a popular resort area of Bali, home to a community of retired foreigners who have chosen to relocate to Indonesia to enjoy the pace of island life in their twilight years. The complaint, initially scribbled on a few scraps of paper and now being formalized by officials, was submitted to officers from the South Kuta District Security and Order office. The Head of the Security and Order Section (Kasi Tramtib) South Kuta District, I Kadek Agus Alit Juwita, has confirmed that the complaint about the roosters is being attended to.
He told reporters, “It is true that there is a complaint report. We just came from the location to check the truth of the report.” Juwita said that the initial complaint was from guests at the Anumana Bay View Hotel in Jimbraran Village. He continued, “Not only that, tourists who stay there also petition to us. There are about a dozen people.”
Juwita explained that there are indeed seven residents whose homes are close to the hotel who keep roosters. He continued, “It’s not a farm. However, the residents really like to maintain chickens. Yes, coincidentally, the location of the houses is very close to the inn owned by the tourists, only opposite the highway.”
He recalled a conversation he had with a local resident about the noise complaint. Juwita said the resident had highlighted simply how a rooster’s vocalization is completely normal, saying, “If the chicken crows, it’s normal. If it barks, it’s just unnatural.”
Nevertheless, the case has now been bought to the attention of the Head of the Subdistrict of Kuta, Ketut Gede Arta, who said that he and his teams would visit the community in Jimbaran to find the best solution to overcome the conflict. He told reporters, “Of course, whatever the public report [to us], we will follow up. We also evaluate every existing report.”
In unrelated but nevertheless significant avian news this week, I Gusti Ngurah Rai International Airport has increased biosecurity surveillance operations in light of the global outbreak of avian flu. The General Manager of Bali Airport, Handy Heryudhitiawan, told reporters that his officers are responding to confirmed cases of avian flu in other countries.
Heryudhitiawan explained, “we always coordinate with the Denpasar Clan I Port Health Office (KKP) and the Denpasar Class I Agricultural Quarantine Center related to a number of bird flu cases abroad.”
The airport General Manager said that resources had been deployed to detect any bird flu cases passing through the airport. He said, “Currently, there are five thermal scanner units that are placed [in the airport]. One unit is in the international passenger arrival access, two units are in the international departure area, and two units are in the domestic departure area.” In recent weeks there have been reports all around the world of avian flu being detected in mammal species, including seals, wild otters, and minks.
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