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JK promises larger airport in Bali
June 23rd, 2009

Niken Prathivi ,  The Jakarta Post ,  Jimbaran   |  Mon, 06/22/2009 11:22 AM  |  The Archipelago

Incumbent vice president Jusuf Kalla, who is running for president in the upcoming election, promised the island a larger airport to support its potential tourism sector, during his campaign Saturday evening.

“*Should I get elected* I would hasten the reconstruction of Bali’s *Ngurah Rai* airport into a larger one, so we could have the second-largest international airport *after Soekarno-Hatta airport*,” Kalla said to his potential Balinese voters at Jimbaran village, southern Kuta, Badung regency.

Kalla said Indonesia must take good care of Bali.

“The existence of Bali as a favorite tourist destination is important. We don’t need to go to Thailand, for example, to enjoy beautiful scenery as we already have it here.”

To help maintain the island’s beauty and cultural attraction for potential visitors, Kalla asked the Balinese to continue their serious effort in sustaining the island’s safety and security.

“I think the people of Bali have managed well in maintaining the island’s security, especially after the Bali bombing incidents.”

He further reminded the voters he had once assisted the island in recovering from the bombings’ impact by telling the ministers to issue a policy on joint leave, which extended the length of official holidays and is believed to be the main factor behind the surge of domestic visitors.

“We had a joint leave last year that was definitely aimed to improve Bali’s economic pulse. The plan worked, and people had more time to flock out of the city, for example to this island, to enjoy several days off with their families.”

Kalla also mentioned his contribution in providing security devices for the Bali Police and ambulances.

“We supported the island by providing the Bali Police with some CCTV cameras,” he said, citing 18 existing security cameras installed around Denpasar, and another 15 units to be installed.

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