By Todd Curtis
Jun 29, 2007, 04:44
However the deceptions by the Balinese and Indonesian tourism lie machine seems to be getting much worse and nastier still. Recently the Indonesian Government cleared all of it primary airlines in a so-called safety audit after it was revealed the likes of state airline Garuda and cheap flights accident prone Adam Air were probably the least safe airlines in the world. Their check list for this so called audit included “surveillance” (how Indonesian) and generic “personnel” checks, but apparently failed to deliver any substantial technical or even professional evidence of aircraft integrity and / or pilot ability; you may recall Garuda recently has been losing a lot of its pilots who have walked out unhappy at the airline. So it seems Garuda has somehow managed to climb its way from the bottom of the airline safety league to the very top in 3 short months and after suffering other incidents; this according to the Indonesian authorities, hmmmm!
Newsflash: Since writing and publishing this article, the European Union is to ban all Indonesian airlines from flying to any of their member countries / states. This ban includes Garuda International and comes after and with knowledge of the Indonesian authorities claiming Garuda to be not just safe but in the top category regarding safety indicates the EU has dismissed the Indonesian claims as lies / falsehoods. The EU ban puts paid to Garuda's plan to resume its Amsterdam service and puts egg on the face of the Indonesian lie machine. An EU spokesman stated "European citizens should avoid flying with these carriers. They are really unsafe."
The clear attempts at deception by the “We hate you but want your dollars” Indonesian authorities to try and hoodwink western tourists into believing it is safe to fly into Bali to spend their money does not end there though, oh no! After miserably and embarrassingly failing to secure the removal of a US Homeland Security warning about the terrorist and security risks at Bali’s Ngurah Rai Airport, after Indonesian Director General of Civil Aviation at their Department of Transportation, Budhi Muliawan Suyitno had trumpeted they would, the Americans actually added more warnings about flying into Indonesia (see: Bali Airport and Aircraft Warnings). The Indonesian authorities faced with growing very appropriate concerns, reports and warnings about their airline and airport dollar lifelines seem to have decided not to do something tangible about it, but to go the traditional Indonesian route of publishing contrary falsehoods. That’s right, in spite of International data to the contrary, the Indonesian Authorities declared their airports safe and Bali’s airport the safest of all, although their supporting technical data and rationale were somehow kept back! We can just imagine the evaluation of Indonesia’s airport safety board going something like this; “OK, we say all Indonesian airports are safe and that Bali’s airport is really safe as the president opened the Bali Arts Festival on the 18th and was embarrassed because no-one besides the local hags showed up. All agreed?”
It is all a sick and not so funny joke the way the Indonesian authorities and Balinese tourism board and industry treat westerners, trying to convince families to bring their dollars and daughters to Bali on the basis the Indonesian airlines and airports are safe when it is clear they are some of the most dangerous in the world. But the last laugh is on the liars of Bali and Indonesia who know no better than to try and recover with yet further lies-upon-lies-upon-lies; it is not working, western tourists are avoiding Bali with good cause and now indignation. Do not risk your family’s safety by spending your time and bucks on this feigned paradise island of hate; spend your money elsewhere with people that respect your basic rights first, not the contents of your wallet.