Bali Will Not Go Quietly
One of the most powerful men in Bali, Satria Naradha (left), stressed that Bali would not betray the republic by seceding from Indonesia. Instead, Bali would fight till the end any group that was trying to transformed the nation into a monolithic society based on certain religious belief.
"If Jakarta and Aceh want to betray the republic (by supressing religious freedom and multiculturalism) then we will let them go (from the republic). Bali will not go away, we will fight to keep this nation as a nation that respect religious freedom and celebrate multiculturalism," he said.
'My ancestors sacrifice their lives to build this republic. I and my fellow Balinese will not let this sacred heritage being ruined by a small group of people who want to impose their moral values on this nation," he added.
The owner of the influential Bali Post and BaliTV, stated that on Saturday before the members of the House of Representatives' Special Committee on Anti Pornography Bill led by Chairunissa(right, previously we mis-quoted her name as Yoyoh Yusroh, we sincerely apologized for the mistake). The committee visited Satria at his company's sprawling headquarter in west Denpasar.
"Bali may be as small as a bird, but as you know, bird flu can kill a strong man, " he warned.
Chairunissa, apparently stunned by Satria's point blank warning, could only nodded in apprehension.
Satria closed the meeting by presenting the committee with a special gift; two pieces of the Indonesia national flags.
"May these flags will always remind you on what does this republic really stand for," he said.