Several Cities in Indonesia say NO to the celebration of valentines day in the country. Makassar’s acting mayor Muhammad Iqbal Samad Suhae insisted the measures were necessary to prevent his city from being paralysed by rampant sex and drug use. “Festivities like Valentine’s Day usually attract youth,” he added. “That’s when they are out of control and doing things which violate our norms and traditions, like consuming drugs and engaging in free sex. “We want to prevent that here.”
In Depok city near Jakarta, administrators warned students against any Valentine’s romance under threat of unspecified sanctions for violators. Across the archipelago in conservative Aceh, the only region in Indonesia that imposes Islamic law, a government circular called for residents not to celebrate the romantic day and to report any violations.
The document also told restaurants, cafés and hotels not to provide space for celebrations and asked clerics to deliver speeches on the danger of Valentine’s Day. The latest crackdown comes after the national government last year backed off a bill that would have made pre-marital sex illegal.