The youth wing of Malaysia’s opposition Islamic party said Thursday it will not hold a protest against two women who were to sing at a football match after a local leader criticised their plan.
The group had threatened to protest at the stadium hosting the match between Selangor and Singapore.
However the Sultan of Selangor, Sharafuddin Idris Shah, said he would cancel the entire football tournament after learning of the group’s plan, a report said Wednesday.
The Sultan said the protest over the two women — rock singer Ella and Mas Idayu, who performs the hip-swivelling “dangdut” dance — was “hypocritical” and “trivial.”
PAS youth chief, Salahuddin Ayub, said the leadership had decided it would not hold a protest but would send a letter to the state government.
“We want the organisers to make sure the concert will not promote negative culture among the young,” he said Thursday. “We are very concerned since social ills like drug abuse among the young is increasing.”
Malaysia’s population is predominantly Muslim, and the nation’s sultans are the traditional guardians of Islam in the states they rule.
PAS, which rules the northern state of Kelantan, has had ambitions of turning Malaysia into a theocratic state under Islamic rule.
But in recent years it has begun introducing reforms designed to tone down its hardline reputation and woo young voters. (AFP)
ps- drug abuse all of sudden? It’s not a performance perform by Jamal Abdillah or Salim. It’s a friendly football match for the whole family to enjoy watching with for goodness sake.
PAS don’t have a single concrete base to support their statement at the first place. How to rule the nation then? Kelantan is not all perfect and peaceful Islamic state either. They maybe have the lowest crime rate but that doesn’t proof anything. Maybe because all the policemen in PAS districts aren’t strict like other places. Too lazy to file in reports? or to lazy to do their duties? Streotype we always hear is that women there work hard for family income while the husbands talk politic,drink coffee, stay at home or ‘play’ ‘checkers’ at some ‘warong’. Some of the fellas there have 4 wives. All 4 wives working. The husband? Go figure.
I heard that many ex- convicts and drug addicts ‘healed’ and joined PAS. Maybe too many of that population there inside the party and they can’t think straight anymore. Well, just maybe.