Indon Sex Scandal
JAKARTA, Indonesia (AP) — An Indonesian member of parliament at the centre of an Internet sex scandal has quit the assembly in the latest morality-related incident to shake the world’s most populous Muslim nation.
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MP Yahya Zaini, a member of the country’s biggest party and also the former head of its religious affairs department, gave up his seat after meeting party leaders late on Thursday.
“After he became news although there has been no legal process, he gallantly resigned. We are concerned on how a private matter could enter the public realm,” Andi Matalatta, a senior member of Zaini’s Golkar party, told Elshinta radio.
Zaini became headline news after a shaky, one-minute video that appears to show him frolicking naked with Indonesian pop singer Maria Eva made it onto the Internet.
Eva, whose celebrity status has soared since the video became public, has admitted to taking the footage with her mobile phone, but denies distributing it on the Web. She also said she had lost her mobile phone.
Zaini could not be reached for comment and has not made any public remarks since the clip spread like wildfire in Indonesia.
The video is one of several incidents that has shocked mainly conservative Indonesia recently, where sex remains a taboo topic.
News of a popular Islamic cleric taking a second wife has triggered a public debate in Indonesia over polygamy, while this week has also seen the start of an indecency trial against the editor of Playboy’s franchise.
Indonesia has also been debating for years a draft anti-smut law, which opponents say could proscribe kissing in public and censor art and cultural activities, laying bare deep divisions within society.
News Source: CNN