The Indonesian government has said it will verify whether the Malaysian government intended to claim the Pendet dance as its own when it decided to use the popular Balinese dance in its latest tourism campaign.
Minister for Culture and Tourism Jerro Wacik asserted that there were no reasons for Malaysia to exploit the Pendet dance for any purposes without getting a permit from the Indonesian government.
“I will directly talk with Culture Minister of Malaysia on Monday to determine their motives behind using the Pendet dance and to learn who made the ads,” Jerro said in an TV interview on Sunday.
“The entire world knows the Pendet dance belongs to Bali; so Malaysia must get a permit from Indonesia before using it.”
He said that Malaysia’s tourism ads “Visit Malaysia Year” that used the Pendet dance were aired on the Discovery Channel.
“I will also trace down whose project it is and find out if it is funded by the private company or Malaysian government,” he said.
Spokesman at the Foreign Ministry Affairs, Teuku Faizasyah, said his office would also clarify the case with the Malaysian government.
“But it is very unlikely Malaysia wants to claim it since the dance has been very popular in Bali,” he told The Jakarta Post.
He said that the two countries’ could ask the Eminent Person Group (EGP), formed by the two governments, to discuss the problem.
“They could sit together in a relaxed atmosphere to discuss the Pendet problem,” he said.
Faizasyah called on the Indonesian people to not to be emotional in response to the controversial Pendet dance since it was not clear as to whether the ad was made by the government or a private firm. — Jakarta Post