Authorities threaten to seal off ‘gay villas’ in Bali

Detik News – January 14, 2020
Satpol PP officers investigate ‘gay villa’ in Bali – January 10, 2020 (Detik)

Badung, Bali – A villa in Bali which provides special services for gays located on Drona Lane in Seminyak, Badung, has created an uproar. There are four villas which allegedly provide special services for gays.

The case began with an advertisement which was circulated on social media. Badung regency Pubic Order Agency (Satpol PP) chief I Gusti Agung Ketut Suryanegara even sent officers to check out the location.

“My officers are currently at the Seminyak village head’s office, later along with the sub-district head they will check the location”, said Suryanegara when contacted on Friday January 10.

According to the results of the initial investigation, the villa is owned by a person from Manado in North Sulawesi, although the villa is currently being rented by a foreign national from Holland. The Satpol PP will however attempt to confirm this.

“Based on information in the field, the person who owns the villa is from Manado but it’s been rented by a Dutch person for some time. But my officers have been deployed to confirm the location”, he said.

Aside from the checks, the Satpol PP has also summoned a number of villa owners who have allegedly provided special services to gays. The results were that there were four villas found which may be providing such services.

“On Friday we will draft a written summons, they won’t be coming in today”, Badung Satpol PP Regional Bylaws and Regional Head Bylaws Enforcement chief Gung Ambar Dewi told journalist on Monday January 13.

The Satpol PP found four villas allegedly used specifically for gay people, two in Seminyak and two in Kerobokan. Only one of the villas has confirmed that it is specifically for gays.

“Earlier only one villa clarified that it is related to villas for gays, namely the Elysia Villa in Seminyak, meanwhile the Angleo or Dillen [Villa] in Seminyak didn’t come and we will wait for a week”, explained Dewi.

“Meanwhile in Kerobokan there are two villas, namely the Layang Villa and the Balinese Villa and Spa, tomorrow they will be summoned to come to the office and show what documents they have”, he added.

In addition to this, the Badung Satpol will be examining the villas’ permits and if it is later found that they provide special services for gays they will be temporarily sealed off.

“We will carry this out in accordance with SOP [Standard Operating Procedures] and examine the permits and whether they’re in accordance with stipulations or not, yes later if that’s what they’re being used for then we’ll temporarily seal them off”, added Dewi.

Meanwhile, the head of the Bali Provincial Tourism Office, Putu Astawa, also said that he regretted the advertisements and insisted that same-sex marriage is not allowed in Bali.

“Being gay is a human right, okay, but if they violate decency, that’s not allowed because Indonesia has not legalised same-sex marriage”, said Astawa on Friday January 10. (idh/jbr)

[Translated by James Balowski. The original title of the article was “Vila Gay di Bali Diselidiki”.]