Malaysian Islamic Party to Cancel Beyonce Concert

beyonce at a concertCourtesy of Reuters

 KUALA LAMPUR(REUTERS)  –  The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party(PAS) is calling for cancelling the American singer Beyonce Knowles concert in Malaysia, which is to be held on the 25 of October, in the capital.

 This incident would be the second when the Islamic opposition party has cancelled another concert for Beyonce in 2007, after citing moral issues.

 The image of liberal-Islamic Malaysia of 27 million people has been shaken after another concert for rock Canadian singer Avril Lavigne was cancelled last year, for allegations of misleading the Malaysian youth as the Vice President of (PAS) youth wing said to New Straits Times. And for the canning of a Malaysian woman caught drinking beer.

 Earlier this year the Party has banned Malaysian youth form attending a Guinness sponsored concert performed by Black Eyed Peas.  Although the ban was later lifted an official said the youth had to have better judgment.

 If Beyonce is allowed to hold the concert this would be the first time for her to perform in Malaysia as part of her global tour.

 Beyonce is also anticipated to perform in the opening of the Abu Dhabi Grand Prix , the first ever Formula One race to be held in the state, next month.

-By Mennatallah Fouad Youssef

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