Porn Bill in PORNOrogo(?) Land

Ponorogo is a district in East Java. Surabaya is the city nearest to the district. In the city centre there is a monument of a Ponorogo warrior. The Ponorogos are reknown for their warrior like physique. The latter Javanese migrants to the Malay Peninsular, those who came in the early 20th century mainly came from this part of East Java. They were the buffalo soldiers opening up lands in the peninsular.

My friend Najib aka JIBOGOR is a ponorogo.His kampung is Parit Ponorogo in Muar. He cheekily spelled it PORNOROGO, the land of PORNO. Is it really?

Indonesia is currently embroilled in a debate regarding the PORN BILL. There were oppossition with the fear that it would allow the misuse of the law to curtail religious freedom, to give tickets to the islamic fundamentalist to assert their definition of pornography, to curtail the expression of the arts, amongst others.

Are these oppositions justified? There are elements of chauvinism, that if it is islamic it would be supressing and unjust. The oppposition mainly come from the Balinese and the liberals of Jakarta.

The advocates of the Bill have been smart enough to avoid the religious arguments. Pornography is a serious social problem, they argued. The uncontrolled distribution of Pornographic materials have serious repercussion to society. The industry must not be allowed to set up foot in the country.  It must not become  PORNOland, let it remain as PONOROGO.

I personally believe that PORN is bad. I personally believe there is a clear distinction between art and PORNOGRAPHY.

It was heartening to read that under the definition of PORN in the proposed bill PLAYBOY is not deemed as PORN.

So, bring the Bill …………..

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