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Jakarta Post

VP: ‘Adzan’ call generates mixed reactions

  • The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Sat, April 28 2012   /  08:43 am

Vice President Boediono’s request for mosques to lower the volume of their speakers when broadcasting the call to prayers — known as adzan — has received mixed reactions from several groups in the country.

Ahmad Suaedy, executive director of the Wahid Institute, a nongovernmental organization focused on pluralism, said on Friday that he appreciated Boediono’s bravery for speaking up about the “elephant in the room”.

“I was a little surprised when I heard the news. Although he used to be a reticent sort of person, he turned out to be one who was bold enough to raise his voice about such things,” he told The Jakarta Post in a telephone interview.

Boediono expressed his plea in the opening speech of the sixth conference of the Indonesian Mosque Council (DMI) at the Pondok Gede Haj Dormitory in East Jakarta on Friday.

He asked council members t...