Can we identify the forces of progress and regression in the country?
I think the “Youth Condom Campaign” is a suitable test-case. Take a quote which is positively or negatively referring to this issue, check who said it and you will know who is your ally and who your opponent in this public debate.
So, here we go.
Which organization claims Indonesia’s commercial condom market was about 120 million sales a year, half to one-third of what is should be for a nation of 240 million people?
It’s non profit organization DKT Indonesia. So I guess it will agree it’s a blessing the Indonesian government is going to provide 60 million “made in Indonesia” condoms for free to categories of people prone to sexually transmitted diseases and unwanted pregnancies.
Who commented by saying: even children and adolescents are likely to already have unprotected sex. We also can’t deny the fact that the age of marriage is getting lower. So, younger generations should have wider access to sexual and reproductive health services deemed effective to protect them against both infections and unintended pregnancy?
It was the Minister of Health, Nafsiah Mboy. A voice of reason. Well, I mean it does make sense to me.
Who made this statement the law said that those who are not married should not be given contraception. But our analysis shows that such regulation is dangerous and ignores reality?
Again, it was the Minister of Health. On top of being sensible she proves to have political guts by saying this.
Who is the source of these data: 62.7 percent of teenagers ages 14 to 18 have had sex?
That news was launched by the Child Protection Commission (KPAI). Useful information to build a policy on in my perception.
Who warned condoms are a halal product, but sales should be limited to prevent misuse by people who are not supposed to use it?
The surprising answer is: also the Child Protection Commission. But what kind of misusing the KPAI has in mind? Bags to keep water in? Balloons? I would like to argue that protecting adolescents from contraceptives is putting the logic of the real world upside down. Which to me seems not to be in the interest of those minors.
Who is the lady who objects to the government’s plan by saying that instead of telling young teenagers to use condoms it is better to educate them of the risks associated with having sex at a young age?
Well, it is an oppositional parliamentarian, Rieke Dyah Pitaloka. At first glance it may look like she has point. Actually sex education is important. Yet an essential part of that education should be getting updated about contraceptives. Telling about the morality, technicalities, the blessings and pitfalls or psychology of sex is very useful, yet it doesn’t prevent conception or infection- condoms do.
Who is quoted saying distributing condoms to teenagers between 15 and 24 years old is inappropriate. Teenagers don’t understand at all about sex or life. Introducing condoms to them could be mistakenly interpreted as an introduction to sex as well. They might be addicted to it [sex] once they know about condoms. Things will turn disastrous if they forget to use condoms or runs out of them”?
The Commission IX chairperson of the House of Representatives, Ribka Tjiptaning said so. So she seemingly thinks you get addicted to condoms like you do to cigarettes or heroine ? Though flavoured condoms are available, this is a peculiar opinion really . No madam, sex is not an addiction, it’s just a all-out natural human urge. Moreover she seems to be an example of mixing up cause and effect. She misses the point completely if you ask me. Obviously she is a lawmaker who lives in a world totally and alarmingly different from that of teenagers whose intelligence she dramatically underestimates.
Who came up with the idea to keep the disease (HIV/AIDS) away with preventive action by improving the nation’s morality ( in stead of the use of condoms)?
No one else than a former minister of women’s empowerment (!), Tuti Alawiyah. Rather disappointing a leader who used to promote the interests of women seems to prefer a fairy tale solution to a practical one.
And last but not least a very easy riddle. Who commented this campaign is wrong, it is an adultery campaign for teenagers. The right and blessed solution to prevent AIDS and unwanted pregnancies is to stop adultery, stop prostitution, stop free sex, stop sodomy, stop homosexuality, lesbianism and all sex deviations?
Who else but the inevitable mr Rizieq Shihab.
So his advice is to stop life in order to stop evil. Great. Brilliant.
FPI’s chief obviously is out of reach for reasonable discussion. By the way why don’t you stop yourself, mr Rizeiq? And why the hell is nobody stopping you?
Apparently the war between progress and regression is still waging. If the forces of progress step up their assertiveness a little bit more there still is hope reason will have it in the end.