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Jakarta Post

Local officials delay sidesaddle regulation

  • Hotli Simanjuntak

    The Jakarta Post

Banda Aceh   /   Tue, January 8 2013   /  09:57 am

It’s our right: Two women ride a motorbike in the straddling position in front of Baiturrahman Mosque in Banda Aceh on Monday. The Lhokseumawe mayor was under fire recently for his plan to ban women from straddling motorcycles. Human rights activists strongly opposed the idea. JP/Hotli SimanjuntakThe administration of Lhokseumawe, Aceh, on Monday indefinitely postponed its plan to disseminate a circular on the issuance of a proposed bylaw banning women from straddling motorcycles, possibly due to rising public resistance.

“The circular has been signed by the Lhokseumawe mayor and the city’s legislative council speaker,” said the administration’s secretary, Dasni Yuzar, adding that it had not yet been distributed.

At a number of street corners in Lhokseumawe, several banners supporting the policy were on public display, including one sponsored by the Aceh chapter o...