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Unclean Behavior? Beyonce Cancels In Malaysia

Posted in Life, Society by muslimwire on October 20, 2009

Kuala Lumpur. Beyonce Knowles has canceled her planned concert in Malaysia a second time amid criticisms from conservative Muslims about the pop star’s raunchy stage clothes.

“The postponement is solely the decision of the artiste and has nothing to do with external reasons,” said Marctensia Entertainment, an organizer of the axed Oct. 25 concert in the capital city of Kuala Lumpur, in a statement. Marctensia did not say what the “external reasons” were.

The decision comes after Malaysia’s opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS, complained last month of the planned gig, part of Beyonce’s “I am…” world tour, citing her “inappropriate dressing.”

The chief of PAS’s youth wing, Nasrudin Tantawi, said the attire and performance would “lead to uncleanbehavior.”

Islamic laws and customs have been gaining support across Southast Asia, with clerics in both Malaysia and Indonesia seeking to ban yoga, Facebook and concerts by artists like the Black Eyed Peas and Beyonce.

In Malaysia, a 32-year-old mother may soon be caned as a punishment for drinking a beer. Lawmakers in Indonesia’s Aceh province last month approved the stoning to death of adulterers and flogging of gays. The United States cites both countries as models of moderate Muslim democracies.

The Malaysian government initially banned Muslim citizens from attending the Black Eyed Peas gig in Kuala Lumpur last month, sponsored by Irish stout-maker Guinness. Officials later lifted the ban, allowing anyone above 18 years old to attend, as the band’s front-woman, Fergie, stuck to the dress code, covering up her body in jeans and a T-shirt.

Information, Communications and Culture Minister Rais Yatim said earlier this month that there was no reason to stop Beyonce holding her Kuala Lumpur show if she adhered to the regulations.

Beyonce canceled her last planned Malaysia concert in 2007, adding an extra show in Indonesia instead. At the time, organizers cited a “scheduling conflict.” Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey dressed more conservatively than usual during their concerts in Malaysia.


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