By Keith Cooper
Aug 8, 2007, 05:15
Unfortunately malaria, which the Balinese authorities still lie about to this day by claiming that there is no malaria in Bali when there are hundreds of reported cases, dengue and other mosquito born diseases went on the increase, in dengue’s case dramatically so. So what master-plan did the Indonesian scientists come up with? The reintroduction of DDT use; brilliant! Aside from the fact it is too little too late, the too little may well increase mortality in Indonesia, not decrease it. Already multiple cases of “mysterious” food poisoning have been reported by the Indonesian health ministry around the archipelago; the term “mysterious” is used by them when they do not want to say what the problem actually is. So Dengue is on the rapid increase, malaria is increasing, Japanese encephalitis is increasing and food poisoning by DDT is now coming back with a vengeance.
In Bali the synonym "belly" attests to the fact there has always been a food hygiene and contamination problem on the island, but if only the tourists knew just how bad it is! First of all Balinese rice is some of the most pesticide contaminated rice in the world with the massive use of cheap chemicals in agriculture, likely with even DDT being used again in Bali now. The rice paddy water plays its part in the entire Balinese eco-system, so other vegetables and fruits, plus the animals that eat them end up being contaminated. Also, Indonesians including the Balinese have a very nasty habit of selling infected livestock for human consumption, fact; after all, they eat it themselves so why not sell it for others to eat? This is why so many large hotels in Bali buy ghastly, flavourless, pre-packaged food from Australia and elsewhere and tart it up with large amounts of MSG which affects and most often afflicts your central nervous system. If you go to Bali you really are better off taking your own food and water parcels with you, especially now with official news that Bali’s seafood is not fit to eat.
Now Biosecurity Australia, a division of the Aussie department of health, has banned all prawn imports from Indonesia because of pathogen infestations. But it gets worse; China has now banned all seafood from Indonesia, despite the fact they need cheap fish for their poorly paid populace, also because of the health risks of Indonesian seafood; still fancy a nice bit of fish on the beach?
Bali really is not a safe place to travel to, stay at or eat in because of the lax standards and non-existent enforcement by a wholesale corrupt government departments; particularly the mafia police of Bali. Do you really want to take your family to the H5N1, Dengue, infected meat, poisonous seafood capital of the world? For your own sakes and also for those of the Balinese who need to take control of the rot on their island, boycott Bali, boycott Indonesia and boycott anything Indonesian until their nation [sic] puts public service and safety over making a buck and committing human rights abuse.