‘Paha Panik’ Bojonegoro – A Thigh Risk Strategy!


Pos Kupang’s latest report moves me once more to ask if there is no Indonesian equivalent to the UK offence of ‘wasting police time.’

But even if there is, I guess the cops in Bojonegoro won’t arrest each other for doing just that!

I refer of course to the annual flurry of self-righteousness which heralds the advent of Ramadan, raids on places people like to have fun, often characterised as ‘dimly-lit stalls,’ sometimes carried out by arrogant IslamoNazi gangsters, but also, and in this case, by the forces of law and order.

—-

Indonesian_National_Police_General's_Visor_Hat

—,

Such swoops reflect the double-standards embedded in so many minds here, whereby knocking back hard liquor and carousing with ‘strumpets’ – that’s the Google Translation gem I got today, quite charmingly old-fashioned, really –  are execrable activities – but only to be significantly targetted during one month of the year, purely on sectarian grounds. 

I should mention that the actual Indonesian phrase in the report was kupu kupu malam, literally ‘night butterflies,’ a much prettier term to apply to these harmless girls, surely?

a typical ‘dimly-lit stall’

— 

Ahead of Ramadan fasting, Bojonegoro police raided the circulation of alcohol at five locations on Tuesday (26/05/2015) from 10pm till daybreak…   http://kupang.tribunnews.com/2015/05/27/polisi-datang-wanita-penghibur-ini-buru-buru-tutupi-dada-dan-pahanya

The reporter breathlessly recounts how the raids created panic among the strumpets and patrons…, when karaoke rooms were entered, there was haste to cover bosoms and thighs –

That’s dada and paha in Bahasa Indonesia.

Dada can be translated as bosom, breasts or even just a decent spot of cleavage.

Paha? – thighs, the bete noire of crackpot kill-joys here!

=

dolly Not Bojonegoro, but just as good examples of paha, I’d say!

=

Always makes me think of that awful man, Suryadharma Ali, until recently Minister of Religious Affairs, who infamously decreed that hem-lines below the knee were a ‘universal criterion’ for morally acceptable women’s wear.  

“These raids are in order to create conditions for welcoming Ramadan….every day we will conduct raids like this, ” said Commissioner Saibani, Kapolsek Bojonegoro.

Since raids like this cause not only panic, as stated, but also stress, anxiety, fear and disruption, I remain slightly bemused how they contribute to welcoming Ramadan, which, I’m reliably informed, is supposed to be about introspection and contemplation…

———————————-

  • Ramadan_Mubarak_by_MeAli_ADK
  • ———————–
  • …and something about self-denial in terms of worldly pleasures.

SELF-denial, not denial of those pleasures by kill-joy cops or white-shirt hoodlums.

That surely negates any free choice on the part of the individual, and thus no sort of moral benefit accrues to those bullied into acquiescence.

Nor of course to those who bully them.