'Miniskirts = Porn': Religious Affairs Minister

Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working group’s definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

Suryadharma Ali: Religious Affairs Minister.

Following the establishment of the anti-pornography task force, Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali said that skirts that fall above the knee would be included in the working group’s definition of pornography, on which it would base its future work.

"We will arrange meetings with different stakeholders from the public to get input on how they understand pornography, and I'm sure that they will come up with different definitions [of pornography]. However, there must be a set of universal criteria to define something as pornographic, of which one will be when someone wears a skirt above the knee," Suryadharma, who was tapped by President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to run the body on a daily basis, said on the sidelines of a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing religious and social affairs on Wednesday.

Once a standard of pornography was established, the task force would apply it nationwide across all ethnicities, he added.

Attempting to curb the distribution of pornographic materials across the country, the President recently established a task force on the management and prevention of pornography as a body to implement the 2008 Pornography Law.

The President appointed Coordinating People’s Welfare Minister Agung Laksono to lead the task force and Religious Affairs Minister Suryadharma Ali to manage day-to-day operations.

Members of the task force include other Cabinet members such as Communications and Information Technology Minister Tifatul Sembiring, Law and Human Rights Minister Amir Syamsuddin, Women’s Empowerment and Child Protection Minister Linda Gumelar, Education and Culture Minister Muhammad Nuh, as well as Home Minister Gamawan Fauzi.