Clarification of Issues in the Utsawa Dharma Gita Contest

  • 24 Januari 2023
  • 13:01 WITA
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The Head of the Bali Provincial Cultural Office, Prof. Dr. I Gede Arya Sugiartha, M.Sc

DENPASAR, - The Provincial Government of Bali has denied rumors that the Utsawa Dharma Gita competition has billions of rupiah in prizes and can only be joined by officials' children.

The Head of the Bali Provincial Cultural Office, Prof. Dr. I Gede Arya Sugiartha, M.Sc. said that the Utsawa Dharma Gita Bali Province would only be held in October 2023 as a budget preparation for the 2024 National Utsawa Dharma Gita. 

He added that there were 26 types of competitions that would be held according to national level competitions. "Our budget is 1.2 billion in total for organizing costs and prizes, so it's not true that prizes alone are billions of rupiah," He said 

He also emphasized that in the implementation there is no criterion that only children of officials can participate. "Nothing like that, this is really inconsequential news," he said. Previously, a chain message was circulated via the WhatsApp instant messaging application which said that in order to maintain the Balinese Dresta Cultural Custom ahead of the implementation of the Balinese Language Month & Welcoming Nyepi Day, there will be Utsawa Dharma Gita Contests such as Mekidung, Mekekawin, Balinese Language Speech, Mesatua Bali & Mecepat with a total Coaching Money Prize of billions of Rupiah. The message also states that participants are required to have parents as Service Heads or Echelon 1, 2 & 3 Officials, Regional Heads, Directors, Heads of MDA or Commissioners.

It is not clear where the source of the message came from and what the creators and messengers meant. However, the Provincial Government of Bali ensured that the contents of the message were not true and that people would not believe it. "All Bali Provincial Government activities, such as competitions, must have a written basis and will be announced officially through the official channel of the Bali Provincial Government," the Head of Bali Provincial Diskominfos, Gede Pramana, said. 

For this reason, he appealed to the people of Bali to check back on the Bali Provincial Government's website or social media if they find suspicious information. (Rls/Btnc)