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Edict not funded by NYC mayor: Muhammadiyah
by Arghea D. Hapsari
An organization owned by the mayor of New York City has channeled over US$390,000 to Muhammadiyah as part of a global anti-tobacco campaign, but the country's second largest Islamic organization denied the funding influenced its recent edict banning smoking.
A. Fattah Wibisono, a deputy secretary at Muhammadiyah's council tasked with issuing religious edicts, acknowledged that his organization was cooperating with the Bloomberg Initiative to Reduce Tobacco Use, a philanthropic organization established in 2006 by Michael R. Bloomberg to fight tobacco use in low- and middle-income countries.
The US$125 million global initiative was extended with a new $250 million commitment in 2008. The initiative funds related projects in Indonesia and many other countries. Its website says that Muhammadiyah was a recipient of grants totaling US$393,234 from November 2009 to October 2011.
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