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Indonesian population growth must be controlled to save the environment

  • Wiryono

Bengkulu   /   Wed, August 5 2009   /  12:46 pm

Several decades ago, the Indonesian government was praised for its successful family planning program. The program was intense as well as extensive. Every Indonesian child remembers the slogan: Two children is enough. It also introduced the notion of a small, happy and prosperous family, equating it with a picture of a family with two children. All layers of society including religious leaders were involved in the family planning program, with Muslim scholars ensuring that family planning was lawful in Islamic law. Since the collapse of the New Order, the family planning program has been neglected as the central government is no longer campaigning intensively for birth control. The program is now in the hands of local governments, and not many regents and mayors attach much importance to controlling the birth rate in their communities. Indonesia's population is growi...