Bali As Money Laundering Location

April 13th, 2012

Bali is indeed an interesting interesting place in international eyes. Not only for investment but also with varied crimes such as smuggling and drugs up to money laundering. Specificaly with money laundering where the suspect used investment alibi in tourism division such as hotel development and the like.

“I indeed have no data but we still need to aware toward money laundering practice impersonated hotel investment,” said head of Head and Restaurant Indonesia for Bali, Tjok. Oka Artha Ardhana Sukawati several time in Seminyak, Kuta.

According to Tjok Ace, the possibility is always there. “They don’t care either or not they will benefit from it or even loss,” he mentioned.

Thus, local government as the regulator and supervisor should be aware with this kind of practice. Otherwise, Bali would becoming place for money laundering,” he explained.

PHRI – Hotel Association of Indonesian Republic – recorded that there are 165 star hotels and are in total of 22,161 rooms. Then budgetary hotel in 2011 were 3,346 hotels or 62,407 rooms. “Perhaps that number are exceeding the record since we didn’t count unauthorized hotels in Bali,” he said.

He said that hotels in Bali should be classified and re-classify. “classification and reclassification dedicated to give imagination for consumer candidate toward quality and hotel classes,” he explained. This classification and reclassification involves BPP PHRI that send three judges, Rio Kondo, Carla Parengkuan and FX Soejatno Wardojo. This activity was starting from April 9th to April 20th involving 20 hotels in Badung, Denpasar, Gianyar, Tabanan, Karangasem up to Buleleng.

2002 Bill’s Ministry of Tourism Affair mentioned that hotel classification is a must then Bill Number 10/2009 regarding Tourism mentioned the same thing. “If we act according to Minister Bill, the assesment will be given to PHRI. However, according to Bill Section 54 Bill number 10/2009 this assesment is given to independet institution,” said Carla Parengkuan who is also Vice Secretari General of central PHRI.

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