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Jakarta Post

Julia Perez banned in Pekanbaru

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Tue, August 12 2008   /  10:17 am

PEKANBARU, Riau: Singer Julia Perez might not be able to perform at an upcoming Independence Day celebration in Riau province capital city Pekanbaru after all. Several Islamic organizations have asked the police to ban the singer from performing at the celebratory event scheduled to be held at a brothel complex in the city. The organizations, including Nahdlatul Ulama, Muhammadiyah and the Indonesian Ulema Council (MUI), expressed opposition against the event, which was initiated by local councilor Eddy Ahmad R.M. Their opposition was based on Julia's sexy appearance and the event's venue: the Teleju brothel complex, In addition to Julia (popularly called Jupe), the religious groups also banned dancer Melly Zamri for her erotic moves. "Besides defaming religious values, the event is against the Malay tradition," MUI's Pekanbaru branch chairm...