Sat, 04 Aug 2001

Group wants tough anti-vice law

CIREBON, West Java: A local group has called on the Cirebon Legislative Council to issue a tougher law on gambling, drinking, drugs and prostitution, saying these activities have tainted the town's image as an Islamic center, Antara reported.

Sobaruddin, the coordinator of the People's Movement Against Vice, told the councillors that these activities have also had a negative impact on the local people.

He called on the police to close down places that have been converted into gambling dens.

Council chairman Suryana pledged to draft the bylaw immediately.

Separately, Cirebon Police chief Adj. Sr. Comr. Krido Sudibyo said the authorities fully supported the campaign against vice but cautioned the public to proceed in accordance with the law. (07)