I Don't Like Pornography, Bill
I don't like faux piety, which is what is being displayed by House of Representative legislators from the following 'political' parties - the Golkar Party and Islamic parties such as the Prosperous Justice Party (PKS), the United Development Party (PPP) and the Crescent Star Party (PBB), and a few members of National Awakening Party (PKB) and the National Mandate Party (PAN).
Yep, as a Ramadhan present, these foes of democracy are rushing through a revised version of the Porn Bill which loads of us railed against two and a half years ago
and thought we'd managed to put on the back burner.
Instead of which it's been in the back rooms of a working party and has been 'tested' (eh?
) in three cities - Makassar in South Sulawesi, Banjarmasin and Ambon in Maluku - which are presumably remote and/or Islamic enough to not offer much resistance.
Well, Jakartass stands proudly alongside all those who have declared opposition
to this unnecessary sanctimonious bullshit.
I would also like to offer the following which is also in today's Jakarta Post but for some reason not online.
An enormous scandal is erupting over the election of senior deputy Bank Indonesia governor Miranda S. Goeltom in 2004. Following her election, some 400 traveler's checks - each worth Rp.50 million (c.$5,500) were given to 41 House of Representative legislators on Commission IX.
Although Ibu Miranda denies that she knew anything about the payments, she was elected with 41 votes. A coincidence? One way or another, the truth will out
The then House Commission IX which oversaw her election consisted of 17 members of ex-President Megawati's PDI-P, 15 from Golkar, headed by Vice President Yusuf Kalla, 7 from the (Islamist) United Development Party (PPP) 6 from the (Islamist) National Awakening Party (PAN), 4 from the 'Reform Faction', 3 from minority parties and 4 from the Military Police faction which I wasn't aware of.
If Miranda seriously knew nothing of this, then who were behind
this massive effort of vote rigging - and why?
And doesn't it seem odd that, although Megawati's PDI-P is against the Pornography Bill, the other parties involved in the then Commission IX are actively, yet secretively, promoting it?
The Pornography Bill itself is purely a masturbatory matter, whereas Commission IX has tried to exploit the entire population.
Last week, KPK announced
that it had handed over to the state more than Rp.364.3 billion (US$38.6 million) received from suspects this year. This amount did not include luxury cars, land, buildings and jewelery which are being stored at the Law and Human Rights Ministry. There are also documents on 170,000 square metres and 147,000 square metres of land in South East Maluku, and a couple of houses.
That's the pornography I don't like, Bill.