Anggun C. Sasmi is one of the most popular lady singer in Indonesia.
Although I never knew her personally, but I remember that during her early carreer as a singer many years ago, my late kid brother Dody took part in arranging some of her music.
While Dody's role may not have been much for Anggun's musical carreer, but it meant quite a lot for Dody and his Dutch wife Cherie, that they have named their daugther Kemilau Anggun (living in Holland).
Now, Anggun is not only popular in Indonesia but also in other countries that she has been appointed by the Food & Agricultural Organization (FAO) as their Goodwill Ambassador.
Recently, Anggun conducted a tour to several Indonesian cities to promote her new album. This tour was protested by Chairman of the National Commission for Protection of Children Seto Mulyadi because it was sponsored by a cigarette manufacturing company. The commission accused her of taking part in the promotion of cigarettes which are one of the causes of widespread poverty in Indonesia.
Anggun denied the commission's allegations, and in order to clarify the matter she has met with the Minister of Women's Affair Linda Gumelar last Friday.
Afterward, she told reporters that she has asked the cigarette company to minimize its promotion in her tour.
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The above shows that cigarette manufacturers played quite a dominant role in our society which is understandable because they are among the highest tax payers and advertisers.
Photo : Courtesy of Kompas.