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Jakarta Post

Tantowi says sayonara to showbiz

Jakarta   /   Wed, August 12 2009   /  11:20 am

JPJAKARTA: Presenter and singer Tantowi Yahya has finally decided to bid farewell to the entertainment world, vowing to dedicate himself to his new political career.Tantowi, a member of the Golkar Party, is set to join the House of Representatives after winning enough votes in South Sumatra in April’s election. He will sit on Commission I for security and foreign affairs.“I really want to focus on politics. [Being a politician] has been my dream for so long,” says Tantowi, who has been in showbiz for 20 years. “If I keep my entertainment jobs, what would the people who voted for me say about me?”According to the 49-year-old country music singer and founder of Country Music Club Indonesia, a career in politics is a major part of his life. Tantowi divides his life into three phases: the first 20 years for studying, then 20 years seeking fame and money, and the last 20 years for p...