Mini-Skirts in Batam

Feb 27th, 2006, in IM Posts, by

From the Jakarta Post (can't link to the page it's gone). Police on the island of Batam near Singapore went about shopping centers yesterday looking for girls in sexy clothes to warn them of the dangers of sexual assault. They caused quite a stir.

Policewomen warned the women against dressing provocatively, it appears,

This is part of our efforts to reduce crimes against women. We hope to continue the operation, though it is now being evaluated following protests.

It gets worse:

We are not only warning women for wearing sexy outfits, but we also are calling on stores to stop selling such outfits.

The protests came from various quarters, and the Post says:

.......some residents have complained about the operation, which they say was introduced without first informing the public, has no legal basis and is nothing more than an attempt by the police to prepare the people of Batam for life under the new pornography law currently being debated by the House of Representatives.

Santi, a shop attendant at Mega Mall Center in Batam, said the operation had upset both female shoppers and the people who work in the shops.

We don't know which outfits are sexy and which aren't. My boss is afraid to sell women's clothes, fearing it might be against the law.

Batam has a lot of tourists, I wonder if the police would feel up to haranguing foreign women over how they dress, almost certainly not, it's only Indonesians who are to be treated like idiot children.

One predictable source of support for the measures came from the Batam branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council, Asyari Abbas.

I thank God for the operation, because exposing one's body is not part of our culture, and especially not our religion.

7 Comments on “Mini-Skirts in Batam”

  1. avatar chacha says:
    July 30th, 2006 at 7:26 pm

    I think it very ridiculous this is 2006. I think women need their freedom to what to wear. no one can tell me what not to wear that for sure. personaly i feel sorry to these woman in this country. to much rule that does not even make sense, who ever ban this should star open their eyes and star focus and think to more important matter like figur out how to have better economi. for better life

    ps; and for those lunatic mens they need to keep their personal weapon in their pant. and let those woman enjoy their life just for ones.

  2. avatar Ulf says:
    September 16th, 2006 at 1:08 am

    Got any pics? I hope the girls look fine and sexy… He, he, he!

  3. avatar Molisan Tono says:
    September 25th, 2006 at 2:38 pm

    “One predictable source of support for the measures came from the Batam branch of the Indonesian Ulema Council, Asyari Abbas. I thank God for the operation, because exposing one’s body is not part of our culture, and especially not our religion.”

    I guess he is talking about Islam, but which culture? you tell me… Javanese with their “tank-top” inside?
    Balinese with their “tube-top” inside? or Irian with their cookoo bird cover…

    Indonesia is multi-cultural country and most of them had sensitive area and sexual appeal. so… which culture again?

    what a dork… MUNAFIK

  4. avatar John says:
    November 27th, 2006 at 5:38 am

    Aiya! This country always have stupid and idiotic policies around as long as Indonesia lives. Those Goons did not make use of their brains very well, hehe!

  5. avatar DianDoank says:
    December 7th, 2006 at 4:52 pm

    Hemm quite funny that the police think they need to take an action on this. Might be they just got an inspiration from Tom Cruise’s Minority Report!!!
    Really not logical at all and waste lots of energy.
    Don’t they have lots of bad guy to chase? Or probably there’s no criminal whatsoever in Batam (like pirates) so the police has lots of time to do this public service?

    And why have to be woman that needs to sacrifice again by not wearing what they have and like ? If there’s a crime then it should because these women wears mini meanwhile their body might not be proportional for this. Then yes it is a crime to other people eyes – kidding:)

  6. avatar Kleo says:
    December 9th, 2006 at 7:56 am

    Another reason to go across to Singapore to do shopping…this country should stop being such a hypocrit.

  7. avatar KSJ says:
    August 17th, 2007 at 5:36 pm

    There are lots of problems which the House of Representative should resolve such as poverty, unemployment, education, etc, problems which are far more important to solve than that STUPID, yeah… STUPID pornography law, what’s the point of that law anyway? Will it do any good to the Indonesian people? Having a good morality but living in poverty and stupidity. Is it what they want? What a bunch of a**holes.

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