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26 Sep 2019
2:33 pm

‘Stay calm,’ Bali tells tourists following proposed premarital sex ban

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The country's parliament has agreed to indefinitely postpone the passing of the bill.

Bali, Indonesia. Picture: iStock

The Indonesian government has told tourists to “stay calm” and continue with their activities or planned trips to the country following a recommendation to its Criminal Code (KUHP) to include the Adultery Act which aims to ban premarital sex.

The vice governor’s office issued a statement earlier this week following reports of tourists cancelling their trips to Bali due to the recommendation to its criminal code.

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According to government, tourists need not panic as nothing had been enforced yet, and was postponed due to fears of chasing away tourists.

The statement, translated and reshared by the Bali Hotels Association, read: “The recommendation of the full regulations, including what is commonly mentioned as the ‘Adultery Act’, is still a recommendation and has not yet formally issued and cannot be enforced.

“Based on various feedback, the President of The Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Parliament have agreed to indefinitely postpone the passing of the bill with those new regulations.

“Bali Government office encourages all parties involved in tourism (ie, persons visiting or planning to visit, as well as industry stakeholders) to stay calm and continue their activities (or planned activities) as usual.”

 

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Stay calm and enjoy Bali and all it has to offer is what the Bali Government wants you to know! ????????????️???? In regards to media coverage related with possible changes in the new/revised Criminal Code (KUHP) in Indonesia, Bali Government office today Monday 23rd September 2019, has issued a statement containing 3 points to be shared for immediate effect: please find hereafter its translation: 1. The recommendation of the full regulations, including what is commonly mentioned as the “Adultery Act” is still a recommendation and has not yet formally issued and cannot be enforced. 2. Based on various feedback, the President of The Republic of Indonesia and the Indonesian Parliament have agreed to indefinitely postpone the passing of the bill with those new regulations. 3. Bali Government office encourages all parties involved in tourism (i.e., persons visiting or planning to visit, as well as industry stakeholders) to stay calm and continue their activities (or planned activities) as usual. Bali Hotels Association is monitoring the issue and will update its members and partners if there is any further information in regards to this matter.. Keep updated on this news item and more with us. https://www.balihotelsassociation.com/news/?ID=916

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(Compiled by Vhahangwele Nemakonde)

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