Indonesian MPs give bikinis the all clear


AFP

JAKARTA — After months of in depth consultations Indonesian lawmakers have decided that bikinis are acceptable attire for beaches in the mainly Muslim country, an MP said Friday. The move will bring a sigh of relief from Indonesia’s lucrative tourism industry, which has expressed concern over a new anti-pornography bill being pushed by conservative Muslim parties.

“Tourists will be able to wear bikinis in special tourist areas, such as in Bali, so Indonesia’s tourism industry won’t be hurt by this legislation,” Democrat Party lawmaker Husein Abdul Azis said.

“We are listening to the protests of stakeholders and people at large,” he added, referring to fears the tourism industry would suffer if bikinis were criminalized.