21 September, 2009

PAS urges new ban on Beyonce concert !

Singer-performer Beyonce Knowles cancelled her first ever concert in Malaysia in 2007.

Beyonce cited a "scheduling conflict" for her decision to shift the performance to Indonesia, a Muslim country with more relaxed rules, weeks after Gwen Stefani reluctantly agreed to cover up to meet the country's strict dress codes.

Other singers have encountered problems with performing in Malaysia, including The Pussycat Dolls, who were censured in 2006 after their concert flouted the rules.

Beyonce Knowles is expected to perform in Malaysia, two years after she cancelled her first ever performance in the Muslim country reportedly over fears of protests.

Concert organizer Marctensia confirmed the popular singer — known for her current hit Single Ladies (Put a Ring on It) — will hold a concert on Oct. 25 at the Buki Jalil national stadium outside Kuala Lumpur.

Beyonce has been on her "I Am..." tour this year in North America and Europe.

Again, MALAYSIA'S conservative Islamic party called on the concert by the US singer to be banned, two years after her debut here was shelved over fears of protests by Muslim groups.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS) has campaigned against several foreign performers and in 2007, along with other Muslim groups, threatened protests that forced Beyonce to scrap her planned debut concert in Malaysia.

'We oppose the holding of such concerts and we will take action to prevent such a concert from taking place in Malaysia,' PAS youth chief Nasrudin Tantawi told AFP, without specifying what action would be taken.

'This performance is not suitable for Muslims as her skimpy attire and behaviour onstage are immoral and lead to unclean behaviour,' he said.

Performances by foreign artists frequently come under fire in Malaysia, particularly from PAS, which said those Muslims who support current Malaysia's government, Barisan Nasional (BN) were not Muslims.

The Islamic party called for Danish band Michael Learns to Rock to be banned from performing earlier this month, saying it was an insult to Muslims during the fasting month of Ramadan. The group managed to perform without incident.

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