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Jakarta Post

Malaysia, Indonesia quarrel turns to music

  • Ary Hermawan and Desy Nurhayati

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Fri, September 5 2008   /  11:29 am

Close neighbors Indonesia and Malaysia, whose territorial and property rights disputes remain unsettled, are on the brink of yet another row. The potential conflict revolves around a demand by the association of Malaysian music industry employees, Karyawan, to restrict radio broadcasts of Indonesian songs. Karyawan head Ahmad Abdullah said the association planned to propose to the Malaysian Energy, Water and Communications Minister, Shaziman Abu Mansor, a broadcasting ratio of 90 percent Malaysian songs and 10 percent Indonesian. "The association will accept an 80:20 ratio," Ahmad said, adding several Malaysian artists supported the move. But a member of the eminent persons group of the Indonesia-Malaysia relationship, Pudentia, said Thursday that Malaysia was unlikely to be able to control the distribution of Indonesian songs because it was a matt...