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UI lecturers demand university take legal action against PKS lawmaker over sex-ed claim

  • Ghina Ghaliya
    Ghina Ghaliya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, September 21, 2020   /   05:04 pm
UI lecturers demand university take legal action against PKS lawmaker over sex-ed claim

Several lecturers of the University of Indonesia (UI) have urged the university’s rector to take legal action against Prosperous Justice Party (PKS) lawmaker Almuzzamil Yusuf.

Previously, Almuzzamil said in a video posted on his Instagram account on Sept. 16 that the university's "endorsement" of consensual sex in this year’s freshman orientation program (PKKMB UI) could lead to the prevalence of "free sex" among youth and, therefore, jeopardize the country's moral and religious principles.

In a letter dated Sept. 17 and signed by at least 12 lecturers, they demanded the rector ask for Al Muzzammil’s clarification and an official apology. The lecturers also called on the university to report Al Muzzammil for violating Article 27 of the Electronic Information and Transactions (ITE) Law, saying the lawmaker had humiliated and defamed the university.

"Al Muzzammil Yusuf has clearly attacked, humiliated and defamed the university. He has made a false accusation. The University of Indonesia has never taught consensual sex for students," read the statement.

They also urged the university to issue an official letter to the House of Representatives and People's Consultative Assembly speakers, the House’s Ethics Council and the PKS faction to remove Al Muzzamil from his position as a lawmaker.

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Representatives of the UI academics said the material about sexual violence in this year’s orientation program, which was held online from Sept. 7 to 11, was based on existing regulations.

“We educated the students about sexual violence based on the Pornography Law and the Domestic Violence Law. We delivered nothing inappropriate to the freshmen,” the statement further said.

Al Muzzamil on Saturday uploaded another video to his Instagram page, in which he said sexual education was indeed important, but the UI should not use the "sexual consent" approach which is "still controversial, even in Western countries."

"Because besides the self-protection aspect, sexual consent also contains justification and a permissive attitude toward sex outside of marriage based on mutual consent. It contradicts the religious value,” he said.