“So Ubudian and Freddie, you do know a lot about Bali and Indonesia, but please don't try to put others down when you don't really know anything about them.”
Easy Mike, easy does it! I have NOT put you down on ANY level here on this forum, so I take considerable exception to that comment from you. :(
What Fred is getting at, and I agree with him 100%, stems from your earlier comment here wherein you wrote, “Quite possibly it depends if you know anyone in immigration and how much you are prepared to pay.”
That comment inappropriately suggest criminal conduct…attempting to bribe a government official, and Fred is correct, these days that sort of thing can back fire and land one in jail.
As for this multitude of immigration folks that you say you have personal knowledge of them living way beyond their means, there are a number of relatives in my wife’s family here in Ubud that serve in various government positions including the Provincial legislature, chief of police of Ubud, immigration and customs. I have no doubts that they all would disagree with your assessment of just how wide spread and the monetary level of immigration corruption you described, even 10 to 15 years ago, but of course I am only speaking of Bali.