MUI: Christmas Decor in Indonesia 'Excessive'
Kamis, 23 Desember 2010 | 15:32 WIB
Visitors look at a giant Christmas tree made of 29,000 plastic mineral water bottles displayed to celebrate the upcoming Christmas at a shopping mall in Jakarta, Indonesia, Friday, Dec. 10, 2010.
JAKARTA, KOMPAS.com - Indonesia's top Islamic body said Thursday that Christmas decorations in malls, amusement centers and public places were “excessive and provocative“ in the Muslim-majority country.
Christmas ornamentation had been put up in an “excessive and provocative way,“ said Muhyidin Junaedi, one of the chairmen of the Indonesia Ulema Council, or MUI.
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“It should be done in a proportional manner as Muslims are the majority here, otherwise it will hurt their feelings,“ he said.
He said the MUI issued a recommendation urging mall and recreation center managers to act proportionally in decorating their premises.
“We received complaints from a number of malls' employees who are forced to wear Santa Claus costumes, which are against their faith. Such things should not have happened,“ he said.
“We need to restrain Muslims from joining the festivities,“ Junaedi said.
He said the body had no plan to turn the recommendation, made on Tuesday, into an Islamic edict. Nearly 90% of Indonesia's 234 million people are Muslims.
Sumber : AFPhttp://english.kompas.com/read/2010/12/ ... xcessive-5