“Mula2 Malu2, Lama2 Mau!” More Uptight Antedeluvian Censorship!

I missed this story but it’s so pathetic that, even after a few weeks, as an example of kill-joy censorship in Indonesia, it merits a mention.

Amawana.com reported how some cigarette advertising billboards considered “obscene…” immediately received criticism from netizens, including other parties such as the MUI.


fatwa mui sholeh



It’s the MUI, the self-styled ‘scholars’ of the Indonesian Ulema Council. That state-subsidised sticky-beak outfit isn’t ALWAYS on the wrong side of arguments here, but to be fair, their narrow minds more often than not end up embarrassing normal Indonesians, fellow-Muslims as well as others.


A fatwa against yoga!

And this outrageous drivel on female circumcision!


ma'arruf amin  Ma’aruf Amin

…Ma’aruf Amin,  senior spokesman for the Indonesian Ulema Council had this to say on the subject -…it is an”advisable practice on moral grounds…he rejects any attempt to declare this practice illegal or contrary to the principles. It comes under the sphere of “human rights,” said the Islamist leader, and is “guaranteed by the Constitution.” Remove This Horrendous ‘Human Right’ from British Society 


But let’s have a look at what’s more recently got the uptights upset! 


Iklan Rokok Dianggap Mesum
Iklan Rokok Dianggap Mesum – ‘Cigarette Ad Perceived As Salacious!’

It seems the ‘salacious’ ads, which appeared in several cities such as Cirebon, Bandung and Jakarta, displayed a man embracing a woman’s waist, and the woman embracing the shoulder of the man, in a pose as if to be kissed.


An orgiastic scene indeed. Whatever next?

Glimpses of cleavage on tv? Ya gotta be kidding! The state censors here ensure that not even Nigel Farage’s eagle eye could spot a bit of boob on the box.



Nor a bum!

Dimana Bokong2nya? – Where Are Our Buttocks? 

But it’s not just the lascivious posturing of this shamelessly lustful couple that copped crack-pot criticism! 

In the advertisement, there were also written the words – “Mula mula malu-malu, lama lama mau”.

“Shying away at first, but at length, eager!”

Well, hell, grossly obscene!

Tobacco as aphrodisiac?

Is it really possible that a kiss can scare the pants off these pathetic prudes? Do they really reckon that a kiss inevitably ends up in a tumultuous bout of fornication?

These ads are considered to urge people not only to smoke, but also do nasty things as highlighted in the message that is displayed visually. 

Damn right!


Must be stomped before every passer-by goes at it like rabbits in heat!





But sure enough, in response, the PT HM Sampoerna Tbk finally took down the billboard which was in various cities since 6 January.

And the company’s head of regulatory affairs, Elvira Lianita, showed serious reluctance to reveal which advertising agency it was which made these ads….

Elvira said this was for strategic business reasons, but no matter – given the way sectarian thug gangs run amok, it’s probably safer for them not to be identified.