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Dog-petting draws outrage from Parliament members

SINGAPORE -- Seven members of Singapore's Parliament expressed outrage today because a Moslem singer held a dog in her arms while performing on state television.

To the dismay of the country's 350,000 Moslems, well-known Moslem singer Anita Sarawak petted the dog on national television while she sang 'Me and You and a Dog Named Boo' with American singer Lobo.

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According to Islam, rather than being man's best friend, dogs are 'majis' -- filth -- and should be avoided. Moslems in Singapore do not keep dogs as pets.

Parliamentary Secretary for Communications and Culture Sidek Saniff and six other members said they received complaints about the program when it was telecast by the government station last month.

'It just shouldn't have been done,' another lawmaker said.

The government-owned Singapore Broadcasting Corporation had no comment on the controversy, which killed chances for an expected re-run of the program.

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