Thursday, October 1, 2009

Miyabi can come, Indonesia minister says

Source (click to view): AsiaOne

As debate rages over the planned visit to Indonesia by Japanese porn star Maria "Miyabi" Ozawa, Communications and Information Minister Mohammad Nuh has said no one can stop her from coming to the country.

"As long as she doesn't do any porn activity in Indonesia, then legally, [her visit] can't be prohibited," Nuh said recently in Kudus, Central Java, as reported by newsportal

Several religious groups have protested against Miyabi's plan to visit Jakarta in October to shoot a film titled Menculik Miyabi (Kidnapping Miyabi).

The Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has warned that Miyabi must never enter Indonesia, with MUI chairman Ma'aruf Amin saying Miyabi's reputation as a porn star could have an adverse effect on Indonesians.

Nuh noted that the group's opposition Miyabi is not about hatred, but is merely a call for morality.

"So we should also respect the opinions of those who oppose [the visit]," Nuh said, adding that it would have been better if the controversial plan hadn't been made in the first place.

"Creativity must not ignore social sensibility," he said.