PAS wants Carey’s ‘obscene’ concert cancelled


  • Nation
  • Friday, 16 Jan 2004

By RENEE CHOONG AND NG CHENG YEE

KUALA LUMPUR: PAS wants the Mariah Carey concert, to be held here on Feb 22, to be cancelled claiming it was untimely and that the American diva was known for her sexy and provocative dressing. 

Federal Territory PAS Youth deputy chief Ahmad Sabki Yusof said the party could not accept her “immoral performance”.  

Criticising the Government for allowing such an “obscene act”, the party said Carey’s concert was not suitable for the people. 

Ahmad Sabki said PAS was also unhappy that the Government had allowed Linkin Park to perform here recently. He said he did not want the Carey concert to be held on Feb 22, which was Awal Muharram, or any other day.  

Ahmad Sabki, who was accompanied by several PAS members, handed a memorandum protesting the concert, to an official from the Culture, Arts and Tourism Ministry.  

Carey’s stop here is part of “An Intimate Evening with Mariah Carey – Charmbracelet World Tour”. Her concert has been endorsed by the ministry, which is hoping to attract fans from neighbouring countries. 

Deputy Culture, Arts and Tourism Minister Datuk Fu Ah Kiow said all artistes performing in Malaysia had to abide by the conditions of the permit, which included a dress code. 

Concert organiser Galaxy Production spokesman Eric Chen said they were appalled by PAS' call. 

“Carey is scheduled to perform in Indonesia and United Arab Emirates. There seems to be no problem there,'' he said. 

He said Carey had been briefed on the culture of Malaysia and how she should be dressed for the concert here. 

“She will not wear bikini costumes,”he added. 

Federal Territory MCA chief Datuk Tan Chai Ho said he could not understand the protest by PAS. 

“PAS is making presumptions on how Carey would be dressed. The majority of Malaysians are more interested in her singing,” he said.  

MCA Youth international affairs bureau chief Fam Lee Ee said PAS had not just voiced its unhappiness against Western acts but also Malay culture. 

“They have banned wayang kulit and mak yong, the rich Malay culture enjoyed by many Malaysians.” He said if PAS wins the general election, “they would probably ban television”.  

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