'Culture police' help in the battle to contain Covid-19 in Bali

Mr Wayan Karda (right) and fellow pecalang, or cultural guardians, watch out for motorists not wearing their masks at one of Denpasar’s main roundabouts.
Mr Wayan Karda (right) and fellow pecalang, or cultural guardians, watch out for motorists not wearing their masks at one of Denpasar’s main roundabouts. ST PHOTO: JEFFREY HUTTON

DENPASAR - Bounding from the back of a patrol truck on the streets of the colonial quarter of Denpasar with two deputies in tow, it was not long before Mr Wayan Karda, 59, found a Covid-19 scofflaw.

"Please put on your mask, Pak," Mr Wayan told a man just as he was mounting his scooter. Just minutes after the incident, he gently chided a shopkeeper, setting up mannequins outside his fabric shop, for the same offence. Ditto for a pair of young men wearing their masks around their chins.

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