Bali police officer dons terrifying ‘Leak’ mask to educate the public on COVID-19 matters
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According to reports, a police officer was sighted at the Sempidi Traditional Market in Badung yesterday, wearing a celuluk costume and gloves with a coronavirus print to raise awareness about preventive measures against COVID-19.
In Balinese folklore, a Leak (sometimes also called Leyak) is a mythological figure, believed to exist in the form of a flying head with an unusually long tongue and large fangs, and the entrails of the human heart, lung, and liver still attached. Leak is said to mean “evil sorcerer,” while celuluk is the name attributed to one of them, an underling to the Queen of all Leak, Rangda.
With the mythological figure so commonly known (and often feared) among the people of Bali, the creative use only seems apt as authorities hope to better educate the public on important COVID-19 information this week. As seen in several Instagram posts, this celuluk has gone around distributing masks and giving out information with a loudspeaker in hand.
According to Roby Septiadi, who heads Badung Police, law enforcement officers are tasked with supporting the COVID-19 task force in terms of prevention and raising awareness about government advisories to the public.
“We hope that raising awareness through this celuluk figure will make it easier for the mass public to [retain the information],” Roby said.
He added that the celuluk has been warning people not to travel back to their hometowns, calling out those who are not wearing face masks, and informing them of important health protocols. In addition, the Badung Police plan on taking this approach to other traditional markets across the regency.“The celuluk will introduce itself and say that [the coronavirus] is looking for people who are traveling to their hometowns, not wearing masks, not washing their hands, and violating government advisories,” Roby continued.
Polisi ring kabupaten Badung nganggen tapel sasolahan Bali, puniki madue tatujon mangda prasida ngarereh uratian para janane ring kawentenan COVID-19 sane sampun kasub ring sosial media. Manutin laporan wenten prawira polisi sane tugas ring Pasar Tradisional Sempidi Badung dawege puniki, nganggen busana, tapel miwah sarung tangan sambilanga makta cetakan coronavirus. Puniki matatujon mangda prasida nincapang uratian taler mangda waswas ring mranan COVID-19 e punika. Ring Bali, Leak utawi sane kabaos Leyak punika wantah papindayan mitologis, sane marupa tenggekne pegat tekening pangawakne lan makeber, malidah lantang miwah macaling. Isin basang, ati, paru kantu neket ring tenggekne punika. Leak taler sering kasambatang pangiwa . Nanging celuluk punika silih tunggil wastan banas utawi leake punika. Taler sering kabasosang pengiring saking ratu leake sane mawasta Rangda. Kanggenyane tapel miwah mabusana celuluk sane sampun kasub prasida nakutin utawi nyerihin kramane. Kanggene cara sane kreatif puniki pinaka silih tunggil cara sane patut mangda prasida nincapang rasa waswas miwah nguningayang indik mranan COVID-19 puniki. Sakadi sane kapanggihin ring postingan-postingan Instagram, celuluke puniki sampun maindengan, mikelingin informasi antuk pangeras suara sambilanga nganggen tapel. Roby Septiadi pinaka kepala Kepolisian Badung ngandika yening penegak hokum patut nyarengin petugas gugus tugas COVID-19 nglaksanayang pencegahan, miwah mikeling parajanane mangda eling ring wewaran sane kasobiahang saking pamerentah. Parikrama puniki kalaksanayang mangda prasida nincapang rasa waswas parajanane, kaangen tapel celuluk puniki pacang ngarereh uratian parajanane mangda miragi informasi sane kasobiahang. Roby Ipun taler nyobiahang mangdane parajana nenten ja mantuk ka panepi siringutawi pulang kampung, mikelingin mangda satata nganggen masker, miwah nguningayang indik protocol kesehatan sane patut. Tiosan ring punika, Kepolisian Badung pacang nglaksanayang parikrama punika ring sajebag pasar tradisional ring Kabupaten Badung. I Celuluk pacang nguningayang dewekne ka parajanane taler pacang nyobiahang yening korona virus punika pacang ngarereh anak sane lunga kajaba, sane mantuk, sane nenten nganggen masker, sane nenten nyaga kebersihan tangane, miwah sane nglanggar wewaran saking pamerentah. Laturang Roby.