Islamic conservative watches porn in parliament

An Indonesian MP is in hot water after he was filmed watching porn in parliament.

As you would expect, the porn watcher is a member of one of those ultra-conservative parties who want to deny other people access to what they clearly enjoy while on the move. He has been a backer of laws which forced Blackberry to filter porn in the country and called for stiff laws against those whose sex tapes accidentally ended up in the public domain.

Arifinto represents the conservative Islamic Prosperous Justice Party (PKS). He was stiffed by TV cameras while looking at a pornographic image on a tablet computer, which he held slightly under his table, a bit like a school kid reading a comic.

However his clandestine antics were spotted and the photograph was posted on a local news website.

Twitter went nuts. Most of the users were not upset about the fact than an ultra-conservative watching porn represented a typical form of hypocrisy in right-wing philosophy, which indicates that those who make the loudest noise are often those doing the worst.

Instead, many comments seem to indicate the people want to “flog and stone him” for being improper.

House ethics council deputy chairman Nudirman Munir said politicians were looking at the picture carefully to make sure that Arifinto had not breached any law.

“We’re carrying out intensive verification to see (if) he had indeed violated the code of ethics,” he said.

“If proven true, this is a serious violation as he would have ruined the image and dignity of parliament. It’s best that he resign, or face dismissal,” Munir added.

Arifinto has admitted that it was in fact an adult site that he had seen on his tablet, but he claimed he had merely opened a link attached to an e-mail he had received from an anonymous sender.

Of course that had not stopped him and his party demanding the imprisonment of other people who had been caught looking at porn.

Arifinto said he stopped watching it and then erased it from his inbox.

Even if that was the case, should he really have been playing with his gadget during a Parliamentary session?  And why was he looking at the image under the desk?