Known in Indonesia as the 'Veranda of Mecca', Aceh was granted the right to legislate provisions of Sharia law in 1999, under Abdurrahman Wahid's presidency, when the province was granted special status. In 2001, President Megawati Sukarnoputri further strengthened the position of the sharia by establishing a special Aceh autonomy law, which allowed the creation of Islamic courts. The Islamic drive continued as the military used it as a bulwark against the escalating Free Aceh Movement (GAM) rebellion. Sharia police now enforce laws criminalising the consumption and sale of alcohol, gambling, non-Islamic dress and illicit relations between men and women. While a recent survey noted that 90 per cent of Acehnese favour sharia, calls against the way it is interpreted and implemented are growing louder.