Indonesian parliament passes porn bill 2008-10-30 16:44:35   Print

    JAKARTA, Oct. 30 (Xinhua) -- Indonesian House on Thursday endorsed a porn bill, allowing tourists wearing bikini in Bali and putting exception on the activities which possibly encourage sexual desires on interest of tourism, culture, ethnic and religion.

    The law defines pornography and set a moral tone across Indonesia, where most of its 230 million population are Muslims.

    Sapriyansyah, a lawmaker on a house committee working on the bill, said that law aimed to shield the young from pornographic materials and lewd acts.

    The lawmaker said that the rules did not have a negative effect on tourism, culture, and religion.

    "The law does not forbid tourists from wearing bikini in Bali, because they wear it on the right place," he told Xinhua.

    Bali is the center of Indonesia's tourist industry, which has recovered after hitting by the Asian financial crisis in 1997 and terrorism, with over 200,000 foreign holiday makers coming annually.

    The archipelago country has declared the "Visit Indonesia Year 2008", expecting 8 millions tourist arrivals.

    Indonesia comprises about 17,500 islands, encompassing hundreds of cultures ranging from conservative Islam to semi-naked animist tribesmen.

    "According to the law, it does not matter, should someone wear semi-naked clothes on interest of culture, religion or habitual," said Sapriyansyah.

    Although, Indonesia is the world's largest Muslim-majority country, it has significant and officially recognized minorities of Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Confucians.

Editor: Deng Shasha
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