Shariah Lunacy Intensifies in Aceh – Side-Saddle, or the Lash?

The iniquitous system known as shariah law is intrinsically discriminatory against women, but in Indonesia’s backward Aceh Province, already a sort of Islamist asylum, it seems the lunatics are intensifying their grip.



The latest hair-brained hogwash promulgated, this time in one of its larger municipalites, Lhokseumawe, is a ban on women riding motor-bikes, unless they sit side-saddle!

Please do not think I’m playing some kind of New Year prank with this post -it’s a genuine news item.

The Jakarta Globe quotes a buffoon named Suaidi Yahya, who inexplicably holds the position of Mayor.

“We’ve seen that people’s behaviors and morals are getting far from Aceh’s Islamic cultural values…We want to save women from things that will cause them to violate Shariah law. We wish to honor women with this ban, because they are delicate creatures.”

News to me. They’re lovely, most of them, sexy, a lot of them, smaller and slimmer than me, nearly all of them, but delicate? Come off it, Suaidi.

Whether it’s the peasant women who work as hard as the men in the fields, or the dangdut dancers who gyrate delightfully but have to be tough as old boots in that business, or the chirpy shop-girls who battle their way across town on the teeming metro-mini-buses, pushing and shoving every bit as determinedly as the men, ‘delicate’ is NOT an adjective which springs readily to mind.

And those lucky enough, by birth or marriage, who end up at the other end of the social scale are equally – though more glitteringly – able to take care of business, often the eminence grise behind their other halves.

Sure, women may be seen to shed tears from time to time, but then so can that heroic fellow Rhoma Irama, dangdut balladeer and bigot, so l wonder if Aceh’s shariah freaks will require that think-alike entertainer to ride his Mercedes side-saddle on his next tour north?


rhoma irama_0weeps  Sobbing sectarian

But Suaidi is surprisingly reticent about how transgressors against his imbecilic policy will be dealt with.

“There will be sanctions for those who violate [the regulation],” he added, although refusing to name the sanctions.


The Sharia Hell of Aceh!

The Sharia Hell of Aceh!


Well, girls up there get whipped publicly by craven masked curs, for holding hands and cuddling their boy-friends, so what fate awaits the lass who sits the wrong way on a bike?

A spanking, as the posterior is the offending body-part, perhaps by one of the un-named ulemas (religious ‘scholars’) whom Suaidi invokes as supporters of his proscription?


Sejumlah anak punk (punkers) yang terjaring penertiban mendapat pembinaan di Sekolah Polisi Negara (SPN) Seulawah, Kabupaten Aceh Besar, Selasa (13/12


Or maybe have their heads shaved, as happened to these punks, taken into custody for…well, for being punks!


Given that the proposed regulation makes no sense to normal folk, he felt obliged to extol its merits.

Suaidi further explained that the planned bylaw was expected to discourage women from wearing pants in public.
“It will be easier for women to avoid straddling motorcycles if all of them wear skirts.”


One can see his point, perhaps…but…I’d have thought a girl wearing jeans would display fewer of those dreaded KNEES that get Islamists so het up.


But that’s just me using my brain, an activity inconsonant with the application of shariah. As indeed is respect for women as citizens entitled to the same rights as their male counterparts.