Indonesia set to introduce strict new law banning sex outside of marriage

I agree that any new law in Indonesia is yet another avenue for extortion by corrupt cops.
Never mind the sex but I think the new laws means you cannot make negative aspersions about Indonesian institutions.... including the police.
 
Just watching iNews Siang TV and a report showing a raid after reports from people about unmarried couples staying at a low cost accommodation. Police go around knocking on every door to check on couples and if unmarried being taken away. Despite all the assurances that tourists will not be affected by the new laws they should have mentioned as long as you are not poor and staying in less than an expensive hotel.
 
Just watching iNews Siang TV and a report showing a raid after reports from people about unmarried couples staying at a low cost accommodation. Police go around knocking on every door to check on couples and if unmarried being taken away. Despite all the assurances that tourists will not be affected by the new laws they should have mentioned as long as you are not poor and staying in less than an expensive hotel.
And that is happening while out-of-marriage sex is still legal. Imagine when it becomes illegal in 3 years.
 
Just watching iNews Siang TV and a report showing a raid after reports from people about unmarried couples staying at a low cost accommodation. Police go around knocking on every door to check on couples and if unmarried being taken away. Despite all the assurances that tourists will not be affected by the new laws they should have mentioned as long as you are not poor and staying in less than an expensive hotel.
A a few decades ago there were a lobby from hospitality industries in Indonesia to suspend the licence for low cost budget accommodations arguing there are very little benefit to the Indonesian economy. This Hospitality industries lobbying members are mainly the big money, venture capital investing in four- five stars hotels. It might be the same group who lobby (euphemism of ?) the government during the COVID-19 pandemic with COVID-19 testing and quarantine hotels business.
Fortunately they failed. Just imagine what would have happened to Indonesian economy when they successfully persuaded the decision makers. You would not see a lot of of budget accommodations such as you could see in Poppie's Lanes in Kuta/Legian in Bali, Malioboro areas in Yogjakarta, Jalan Jaksa area in Central Jakarta. There would be less tourists wanted to visit Indonesia which would decimate the small medium enterprises in hospitality industries.
 
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As so often, not a lot will change. There still will be raids if they need money or if they get complaints or when they’re bored. Often in the cheap hotels that’s not even police but some uniformed neighborhood watch or vigilante. In most hotels the question about being married will not be asked, in some it will, depending what part of the country you’re in. As now. The hourly hotels will also not disappear, they have been operating in the twilight zone already.
 

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