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Open Access Politicians who Love to Sing and Politicians who Detest Singing

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Politicians who Love to Sing and Politicians who Detest Singing

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There were Indonesian politicians who did not hide the fact that singing was their hobby. In the days before karaoke burst into the world, there was Police General Drs Hoegeng Imam Santoso, Chief of Police from 1968 till 1971, who played the ukulele and was a great lover of Hawai'ian music. The Filipino and Indonesian politicians who do karaoke and sing do so because they consider it to be fun. At the opposite end of the spectrum are those who want to ban much singing and making music. Such persons have political or religious reasons for opposing specific music genres and the two sources of motivation at times may meet when both are also inspired by anti-Western sentiments or when the Western influences are considered a threat to the people's own culture. In Indonesia the assault on un-Islamic singing and indecent dancing is not part of mainstream Islam.

Keywords: indecent dancing; Indonesian politicians; karaoke; mainstream Islam; un-Islamic singing

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