Big Parties Go Cold on Porn Bill

Mar 11th, 2006, in News, by

The two largest parties in the parliament, Golkar and PDI-P, appear likely to push for changes to the anti-porn bill. The two parties between them have 237 of the 550 seats in parliament.

Yuddy Chrisnandi from Golkar said his party would likely push for the withdrawal of all articles regarding "pornoaksi", public indecency, in the bill. He was not clear on the other areas of the bill, those dealing with actual pornography.

While the party wanted changes to the legislation, Golkar members still wanted the bill deliberated by the House, Yuddy said. Yuddy, who is a member of the House special committee deliberating the bill, said the Criminal Code did not have sufficient laws criminalizing pornography in the country.

We need a particular law for this issue because we have to protect our children from pornography. Whether you like it or not, pornography has affected our children.

The PDI-P is more firmly opposed to the bill. Afridel Jinu said:

We consider this a war. We will do whatever we can to prevent this draft being passed into law without changes.

The PDI-P have boycotted the special committee meetings on the bill, which are being held in a hotel in the resort town of Puncak, near Jakarta.

We are also planning a move to hold a vote of no confidence in the committee chairman, who has been very arrogant.

referring to legislator Balkan Kaplale of the Democrat Party, PD.

In general the PDI-P can be relied upon to oppose the bill while the Golkar party is more conflicted. Golkar is normally thought to be a secular party but it does have Islamist elements, including the vice-president Jusuf Kalla.


3 Comments on “Big Parties Go Cold on Porn Bill”

  1. avatar SuDjoko says:

    Those big parties aren’t thinking about our women, or children, but about the next elections in 2009. GOLKAR wants a clear victory, so wants to secure lots of Muslim votes. PDIP wants to win, too. MegawatI couldn’t care less either about the Porn Bill.

  2. avatar Oskar Syahbana says:

    On the contrary, I believe both party wanted to secure their vote for 2009 election. Golkar wanted to win it from people who agree with bill and PDI-P wanted to win it from people who oppose the bill.

  3. avatar Marie Antoinette says:

    I think most Indonesians have called the Islamists’ bluff. The major parties know that they will not score any more points defending the more draconian parts of the bill, and so they dropped them.

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