Several shopping malls in Surabaya (East Java) were raided on Sunday (18/12) by Islamic hardliners, such as the hardline Islamic Defenders' Front (FPI), seeking shops and offices that make their Muslim staff wear Christmas attire. The MUI responded to these acts by saying its edict should not be used as a justification for raiding.

Reportedly, various local police stations in Indonesia issued circulars upholding the MUI's edict. However, they were later reprimanded by the National Police, which stated that the edict of the MUI cannot be enforced as a law. National Police also stated that it is an illegal act for mass organizations to conduct sweepings across shopping malls.

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