An Indonesian lawmaker said that “Middle East Culture” is as dangerous and perverting as American pop singer Lady Gaga, an Egypt-based online website on Wednesday.
The comments came after several Islamic groups in Indonesia pushed for the pop star’s next concert, which had already sold more than 50,000 tickets, to be cancelled saying that her performance would promote vice and pervert the youth.
The Egyptian website Bikyamar quoted Ahmad Basarah, of the House of Representatives’ legal affairs commission, who said that the National Police could not choose to only ban imports pushing western ideology when Middle Eastern influences often run counter to Indonesia’s own culture.
“The government shouldn’t discriminate when upholding the law,” the Indonesian Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) politician said. “If they dare to cancel shows that push a liberal-capitalistic ideology like Lady Gaga, then they should also take firm action against demonstrations pushing ideologies from the Middle East.”
The national police decision was also strongly criticized by Democratic Party lawmaker Nova Riyanti Yusuf who said that Lady Gaga’s concert wouldn’t corrupt the nation’s sense of morality.
“Whether someone goes to hell or heaven doesn’t depend on whether they watch concerts or not,” Bikyamar quoted Nova. “It depends on their deeds and their hearts.”