Yoyoh Yusroh, a member of the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, PKS, in supporting the proposed law against public indecency, says women need to be protected from globalization.
In an interview with the Jakarta Post she said the bill currently being debated in parliament would likely be passed into law by June this year.
Although she claimed that minority groups interests would be accomodated and that women would not be arbitrarily targeted by the police her most interesting comment was in response to the question Why do you support the bill?
Our society badly needs the pornography bill. Pornographic acts (on television) and publications, which have so far gone unchecked, have damaged our children's morality, and it has to be stopped. The unchecked availability of pornography has also ruined many marriages.
We also disagree that the bill would imperil the right of women to dress as they choose. Having deliberated the bill, we would protect women from becoming victims of globalization. We would protect them from becoming victims of multinational firms that make women "markets" for their (fashion) products.
Translation is we will tell women how they can dress and how they can't, for their own good. The globalization bug-bear is one that is going to cause a lot more attempts like this by consciously Islamic people in Indonesia to circle the wagons and "protect" people, and then extend their hold over them.
One wonders as well why there isn't more focus on the massive amount of trafficking of young girls and women, young slips of things being sold into slavery in brothels and having their entire futures ruined. That's a private, largely hidden matter though, the parties of Allah in parliament are clearly more interested in the public, control side of things.