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Jakarta Post

MUI demands night spots be closed during Ramadan

  • Fadli

    The Jakarta Post

Batam   /   Tue, August 5 2008   /  10:16 am

Operating hours for the month of Ramadan should be clarified for entertainments spots in the Riau Islands by the Batam municipality and city council, the office of the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI) has said. Riau Islands MUI head Azhari Abbas told The Jakarta Post on Monday lack of clarity has made the issue a prevailing one in the province's six regencies and mayoralties, overwhelming the MUI office with questions every Ramadan. By contrast, other provincial administrations are firm on their decision to close nightspots for the whole month of Ramadan, he added. "The issue is always under discussion before the month of Ramadan. We have asked the Batam mayor to close such establishments for the entire month, especially those engaging in immoral activities," said Azhari. The MUI office has urged the mayor and municipal councilors to issue a permanent ordin...