Foreigner Calls Bandung “The City of Pigs”, Indonesian Reactions

bandung the City Of pigs - Inna Savova

From Detik News:

Garbage Everywhere, Bandung is Called “The City of Pigs”

Flower City, Bandung Paris Van Java, and other nicknames for Bandung do not seem to matter anymore. A Bulgarian citizen and blogger, Inna Savova (21) [pictured below], who has settled in Bandung, has another nickname for Bandung city, “the city of pigs”.

She included that strong criticism in a post on her blog Inna has lived in Bandung for 3.5 years. She lived in the Setiabudi area for 6 months, Antapani area for 1.5 years, and 1.5 years in Ujungberung area.

Her blog suddenly created an uproar in the virtual world. Her post has been re-tweeted by many twitter users. Inna complains about Bandung being filled with garbage, and the filthy lifestyle of its citizens/residents

garbage in bandung city

In her blog, she said that none of the citizens think the dirtiness is caused by their own fault. “They say that they are forced to accept the dirty environment because of poverty. This argument can’t be accepted because even refugees in Somalia do not litter, so stop blaming on the poverty. This is not about poverty. This is because you guys are (lazy) like pigs,” she said.

From her post, Inna exposed the littering habits of Bandung city citizens. They range from littering, stealing trash cans and letting rats roam freely around the house.

garbage overflowed in bandung city

garbage along the street

bandung is city of pigs

From Kompas:


Various responses

Savova’s posting reaped a variety of responses reaching as many as 25,000. This figure is quite high for a blog post.

Some people strongly agree with Savova’s criticism. A few others agree but they also consider the writing too offensive, especially when referring to Bandung as “city of pigs”.

On Twitter, Savova’s writing was retweeted many times. Many users also mention Ridwan Kamil, the new mayor of Bandung city.

Garbage Everywhere in Bandung, from YouTube:

Comments from Kaskus:


If they dispose of garbage properly then they wouldn’t be called Indonesians.


Indonesians are dirty!


Even a foreigner is more concerned about this issue than the local natives!


I don’t think everyone behaves like that, but only the lower to middle class Indonesians. I think it’s because their ancestors are used to living in the deep jungle.


Can I ask why when Indonesians are visiting Singapore, they can dispose of garbage in the proper bin and line-up orderly? But after their return to Indonesia, they act however they like again. I think it’s because there is no strict law for people who litter.


I think garbage is everywhere in other Indonesian cities such as Jakarta, Makassar, Medan and Surabaya.
It’s just a coincidence that this foreigner bitch lives in Bandung city!


The people who are offended must feel they are being compared to pigs. I wish they would start behaving like human beings instead of animals. Haha…


I’m sure that pigs would be happy to roam freely [in Bandung]. Haha…


Well, that’s the reality… If you don’t want to be called pigs then you shouldn’t behave like one. Don’t shit where you sleep!


I think this issue is caused by the people from the countryside who urbanized [moved] to the city.


Hmm, don’t let our Indonesians’ image be tarnished by a foreigner!


“Bandung is a city where some people think that pork is too filthy to be eaten, yet those people live in an environment dirtier than where pigs usually live.” [Original English text: “Bandung – the city where people think pig meat is too dirty to eat, yet they live in more filth than the animal itself.”]


Well, Indonesians always blame others when they’re in the wrong. hehehe…


I’m so sick of people who always litter. When will we have the law to shoot those who litter on the spot?

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