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Keep your kisses short in Tangerang JAKARTA - Unrelated people who kiss each other on the lips for more than five minutes at public places in the Indonesian city of Tangerang will face arrest, local media said on Friday. The government in Tangerang, a suburb west of Jakarta, defended the regulation as a practical guideline for its officers to follow up on tough and heavily criticised anti-prostitution laws passed by the city council last year.

"Please do not dramatise this. We will not arrest people at will as we are not oppressors," Ahmad Lutfi, head of the city's public order department, told the Koran Tempo newspaper. Lutfi declined to comment on whether officers would be armed with stopwatches, Tempo reported. It was not clear if the guideline referred to an uninterrupted five-minute kiss.

Kissing in public is generally frowned upon in Indonesia, especially in rural, predominantly Muslim areas, but giving a time limit for such behaviour is unheard of. Around 85 percent of Indonesia's 220 million people follow Islam, giving the sprawling archipelago the largest number of Muslims of any country. Although most are moderates, there is a growing tendency towards showing Islamic identity and conservative attitudes.

That backdrop, along with the recent devolution of power to regional governments, has given several regions space to create tighter rules on morality. The new anti-prostitution laws in Tangerang, a city of more than one million, sparked complaints from liberals in February after a female restaurant worker waiting for her husband on a street at night was picked up because police officers thought she was a prostitute.

At the national level, draft legislation addressing pornography issues has been circulating for years in parliament and debate on it is reaching a peak. The original draft proposed a ban on public kissing on the lips but it is unclear whether the particular article will survive in the final version.


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Posted in Oddly enough ... @ 07 April 2006 07:01 CET by Jeroen · 'Blog' RSS feed · permalink





Jeroen
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So now it's allowed by law to kiss eachother for no more than five minutes, but adat still tells you not to kiss in public after all. I assume it's still better to live with the adat than the law though.



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we gonna have police with stopwatches now? it's just gonna be one more way for the police to extort money
anyways this is just a local by-law in tangerang...more worriesome is the national bill on pornography that is about to pass, that would make kissing (and holding hands!) in public a crime... hopefully there will be some reviews and more debate as there is a lot of public protest




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Name: Imelda
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I think the government should be concern about other regulation which is more important than regulation about kissing in front of the public. This regulation seems too dramatize because kissing is very personal. It should be better to live by a culture and moral value of person rather than regulation.

The Eastern culture in Indonesia make Indonesian people has a certain value of tradition which guide them to behave based on their tradition. All of this is about the culture. In Western, kiss each other is a symbol of love and greeting with each other. It is not taboo to kiss a person although they are just friends of yours or may be spouse kiss each other on the street. Those kinds are representation of love.

So, government should be more focus on corruption, for instance, and other regulation to decrease the criminalization in Indonesia.




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