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Bali will not enforce porn law, public officials say [Nov. 3rd, 2008|07:56 pm]
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From the Jakarta Post November 1st 2008

Andra Wisnu , The Jakarta Post , Denpasar - Sat, 11/01/2008 10:41 AM - Bali

In a move of defiance against the controversial pornography bill, Bali's governor and speaker of the provincial legislative council declared Friday the province would not be able to enforce the newly passed law. In a two-point written statement, signed by Governor Made Mangku Pastika and Speaker Ida Bagus Putu Wesnawa, Bali made its historic mark as the first region ever to publicly declare an inability to implement a law passed by the House of Representatives. "With the passing of the porn bill on Thursday, we hereby declare that we cannot carry it out because it is not in line with Balinese philosophical and sociological values," Pastika said at the council building here. "We further implore every element of the Balinese public to keep calm, stay alert, not be easily provoked and maintain the appropriate atmosphere to maintain the integrity of the Unitary State of the Republic of Indonesia."


The fact is, many of our artists, our religious beliefs and our people are in danger of being persecuted by this law. So we simply cannot enforce it." Bali's leaders and public have been united in their opposition to the draft pornography bill for years. Many in the island have called for civil disobedience should the bill be passed into law. The previous governor, Made Dewa Beratha, even stated during the bill's first introduction to the public in 2006 that Bali "might as well declare independence" if the bill was passed.

According to opinion in the Jakarta Post November 3rd. 2008

The anti-pornography law is overkill. There are laws and regulations in the book that prohibit the sale, distribution and production of pornographic material. To date, these have not been applied. The new law will simply increase the interests of the oversexed people and the prices of these offensive materials.

The children of Indonesia will not be in any way more protected. If anything, they will be more likely to be victimized.

In the meantime the oversexed and immoral men will continue to prey on young girls and even boys, especially those who are financially challenged.

Our government, Police and many individuals continue to tolerate child brides, contract marriages, unofficial marriagesmarriages"), polygamy (that definitely encourages corruption and is truly demeaning to women and disastrous for children) which are insidious but politically acceptable to many.

Our legislators should have paid more attention to the more urgent matters such as corruption amongst their numbers, the poor state of our nation and deteriorating economy of Indonesia. PAUL E. RANTAU

Reference: LiveJournal entry 31st October 2008