Indonesian politician resigns after being caught looking at porn in parliament

April 11, 2011

If you are a politician and decide to be part of a political party which actively promotes anti-pornography laws in your country, it is probably a good idea not to download or watch pornography whilst IN PARLIAMENT. As the laws of ineptitude dictate, this is exactly what happened in Indonesia this week. The politician in question was Mr Arifinto (he only goes by one name, like Dr. No, or Ronaldo).

Common knowledge dictates that 90% of the time, politics is about as exciting as a conversation about Internet marketing or the current sales forecast for bolts. This is of no concern to the mass public who, faced with the boredom, switch on Facebook and forget about politics – and real life for that matter, but that’s another Blame. This is not the case for the unfortunate souls (politicians) who have to sit for hour-upon-hour of mindless, repetitive, pointless debate; for them, the only escape is sleep. Or, if you are Mr Arifinto of the Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) in Indonesia, porn. Porn is definitely more stimulating than politics, but like all good things, there is a time and a place; and the middle of a filmed parliament debate is probably not one of them.

Obviously being caught with your trousers down (literally) at any time is embarrassing but when you are a member of the PKS who have been vocal in pursuing anti-pornography laws in Indonesia, and a out-spoken supporter yourself, being caught so red-handed is ineptitude of the highest order. The story broke on Friday and since then the Indonesian front pages have been splashed with stories, innuendo and pictures. The social networking sites have been bulging at their denim semen seams and Mr Arifinto had no choice but to stand down Monday morning.It’s my decision, Nobody tried to coerce me”, he added on departure.

The ineptitude is blatant and Mr Arifinto took the blame and stepped down. The consequences may, however, not end there. Indonesia has a population of over 230 million people and the largest muslim population on Earth. Of late, a small but growing fraction has become more vocal and extreme in their views. A number of highly controversial laws have been passed in recent times, the anti-pornography law being one of them, and one that Mr Arifinto helped to pass. That the law gives draconian penalties for public kissing (fines and up to 15 years in prison) and anything remotely connected to erotic art, exposure or pornography is prohibited, the global sight of a member of the party actively looking at porn in the middle of a parliament debate should raise more than a few eye-brows.

Questions now remain. Chiefly, should Mr Arifinto be prosecuted under the same anti-pornography laws which he himself campaigned for in the first place. Ahh. Sweet sweet irony.

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2 Responses to Indonesian politician resigns after being caught looking at porn in parliament

  1. EARLIE on April 11, 2011 at 6:01 pm

    Wew..disgusting then…when politicians can’t walk what they talk.

  2. johan sidebottom on April 12, 2011 at 11:09 am

    its the same old story with politicians. If you took the blame for all of them you would take all of time itself. This one is really a muppet though.

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