Islamic party youths protest concert by Malaysia’s rock, pop singersTuesday, June 17, 2008KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia: The youth wing of Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party opposed a planned concert by two popular female singers, saying Tuesday their sexy attire and erotic dance moves tarnish the image of Islam.
Rock singer Norzila Aminuddin, better known as Ella, and pop singer Mas Idayu were due to perform July 6 at a concert in central Selangor state to kick off an annual football match. The event is organized by Selangor’s opposition-led government.
Ella is hailed as Malaysia’s “Queen of Rock” while Mas Idayu is known as the “Queen of Dangdut,” a genre of Indonesian popular music.
Youths from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, or PAS, submitted a protest note Monday to the Selangor government demanding the two singers be replaced with more acceptable artists, said youth leader Sallehin Mukhyi.
He said their performance was inappropriate as the event would be attended by many youngsters.
“Their dressing and performance don’t reflect the true Malay culture. Their image is unacceptable to Islam. We are not against the concert but we feel the two singers should be replaced,” he told The Associated Press.
PAS youths may stage a peaceful protest if the two singers are not banned from the concert, he warned.
Officials from the Selangor government, led by the People’s Justice Party, declined to comment when contacted.
The party belongs to opposition leader Anwar Ibrahim. It formed an alliance with the Islamic PAS and the leftist Democratic Action Party, which made spectacular gains against Malaysia’s ruling coalition in March general elections.
The alliance won control of five of the country’s 13 states, and increased the combined opposition strength in Parliament from 19 to 82 seats in the 222-member house.
PAS’ long-held ambition of creating an Islamic state is a source of conflict in the opposition alliance. During the polls, PAS set aside its Islamic goal but officials recently said they hope to introduce an Islamic way of life that includes segregation of sexes in supermarkets in the five opposition states.
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