There could not have been a worse way to shame Jakarta to the world, as porn was broadcast on a public billboard last Friday, when the biggest Muslim population in the world was getting ready for their Friday prayers.
The Jakarta Post reported that a large outdoor TV screen displayed what appeared to be a Japanese adult movie in South Jakarta to the shock and consternation of residents and passersby on Friday afternoon.
“The 24-square-meter LED jumbotron screen, located near the South Jakarta mayor’s office on Jl. Iskandarsyah showed a video of a woman and a man involved in sexual intercourse. The video played for a few minutes before the power was turned off.”
In a city where traffic is almost chaos, it is amazing that no one got into an accident while looking at the ‘excitement’, but many said that it was perfectly timed to coincide with the traffic lights turning red when the screen went blue.
The jumbotron is owned by private company PT. Matapena Komunika Advertama, which sub-contracts the content of the display to PT. Transito Adiman Jati Transito Adverstising.
As the authorities scramble to find out what exactly happened, the police have announced that it was probably sabotage.
”There was negligence and an intentional [act], and we are still investigating the matter,” the head of the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim), Comr. Gen. Ari Dono.
In this time and age when there is a possibility that public amenities can be hacked remotely due to advancement in technology, it is a scary thing for the authorities.
While Malaysia’s public billboards are not as advanced as Jakarta’s, this would be a good lesson for Malaysian authorities to ensure that when parties put up billboards, all measures are taken to ensure that the public is saved from anything like this.
The only problem in Malaysia is that we already have a problem with laidback atiitude of town and city councils and there is a possibility that this may also just take place here. Only that Malaysians are not that bothered, or they are very busy editing porn for political purposes.
After all, we have been inundated on social media of various porn-like videos of politicians, elected and non elected. Even mass media have published and aired them on prime time.
While Jakartans try to figure out the reason for such a hacking, and why some people go to great lengths to share their visuals, Malaysian police should take this as a case study.
For, if porn can be broadcast publicly, then it would be very easy to hijack anything for public announcement.
The Heat Malaysia Online