Gus Dur Rejects Anti Porn Bill

Mar 12th, 2006, in News, by

The religious leader and former president Gus Dur, and his wife Sinta, have come out against the proposed new law on pornography and indecency.

Gus Dur

In an Indonesian language piece published on his site Gus Dur, real name Abdurrahman Wahid, asked legislators to reject the bill and claimed that those who supported it did so out of fear of hardline Muslim groups.

It’s a politicisation of religion. They are afraid of hardline Islam, those who view religion in a formalised way.

If members of parliament are not brave enough to change the draft bill the people will change it for them. And I will struggle for such change.

He said that many laws of the country which attempted to regulate the daily lives of citizens did not aid in the creation of prosperity and added that most laws just made people confused.

There is no need for the anti-porn law. Rules that attempt to determine or fix social morality are just funny.

His wife, Sinta Nuriyah, was also scathing in her criticism. She said that the law was a way of blaming social ills on women, as we looked at in Arab or Indonesian?. More problems were caused by leaders who were not responsible in their duty to the people, she added.

The nation and the decision makers should cancel this law.

She also said that there were far more important issues at hand such as domestic violence, discrimination against women, maternal death, illiteracy, and so forth.

Gus Dur does not always make the best sense, and his position may be on the extreme, libertarian end, but it is a useful counter-balance to its opposite.


3 Comments on “Gus Dur Rejects Anti Porn Bill”

  1. avatar Felis says:

    Patung,
    I must say I always liked Wahid.
    He visited briefly Australia only to be kicked out from the office soon after his return.
    He also has a good sense of humor (I remember hime exchanging jokes with John Howard).

  2. avatar Anak_Indonesia says:

    I agreed with Wahid..This anti-porn law is just stupid.
    Besides, Indonesia has a really hot weather. If a woman wearing something ‘open’ that doesn’t mean that she wants to show off..
    Furthermore, I think this law will suffer tourism industry in Bali.

  3. avatar Karlira Kanakahuko says:

    Anak_Indonesia Says:

    I agreed with Wahid..This anti-porn law is just stupid.
    Besides, Indonesia has a really hot weather. If a woman wearing something ‘open’ that doesn’t mean that she wants to show off..
    Furthermore, I think this law will suffer tourism industry in Bali.

    Anak_Indonesia is right. Morality is not right for Indonesians, especially seual morality. promoting RUU-APP is to Muslimizing the remaining non-Muslim Indonesians and forcing to higher the standard of sexual morality among Indonesians is synonymous to circumcisize all Indonesian males, whether he is Muslim or non-Muslim.

    REMEMBER, RUU-APP IS CREATED BY DEVILS (IBLISES) ONLY TO DESTRUCT INDONESIA’S NATURAL CULTURE AND INTEGRITY.

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