Ganesh and pretty girls

For a terrifying moment a few years ago, it looked like the sky was about to fall in when the hardliners raised a storm over the Indonesian version of Playboy and pushed for an absurd anti-por n law that would - among other things - have criminalized sunbathing in Bali.

But thankfully good sense has prevailed. Strong opposition meant the law wasn’t passed.

And it isn’t only the skimpily dressed foreign tourists in Bali who are relieved. Cos the law would also have criminalized many traditional Indonesian art forms – and even religious symbols – that play on sensuality.

"A law must not create divisions within the nation and must be accepted by all citizens," House of Representatives speaker Agung Laksono told foreign reporters.

Laksono said the draft had been revised to take into account cultural traditions and local sensitivities.

"In places like Bali and Papua, bare-breasted women are a daily sight. If such things are banned it will be against local customs," he said.

And you know what? I think he’s absolutely right!


Ganesh, the elephant-headed God of wisdom and success, on the left; a pretty Indonesian model in a red bikini on the right.