Mawi centre of war of words


  • Nation
  • Tuesday, 23 Aug 2005

KUALA KRAI: Akademi Fantasia sensation Mawi has been drawn into a political dispute, with Umno Youth taking a dig at the PAS-led Kelantan government for inviting the singer to perform there. 

The movement also criticised PAS Youth for saying it wants to meet Malaysia’s princess of pop Siti Nurhaliza. 

Umno Youth chief Datuk Seri Hishammuddin Hussein said PAS is known as a party that does not support entertainment which it perceives to be unIslamic. 

“Previously, we were branded kafir (infidels) for organising such programmes but now PAS seems to be doing an about-turn.  

WANTED: Both Siti Nurhaliza and Mawi, seen here during their duet at the Merdeka Day Month celebration launch in Johor last week, have been highlighted as artistes that PAS is okay with.

“Where are their principles?” he asked when he met reporters at a gathering of educators and parents at SK Manik Urai Baru here on Sunday evening. 

He was commenting on the invitation by the Kelantan government to invite Akademi Fantasia 3 winner Asmawi Ani, better known as Mawi, to perform in the state and a report quoting PAS Youth deputy chief Mazlan Aliman on the wing’s desire to meet Siti Nurhaliza. 

Branding PAS as unprincipled, Hishammuddin, who is Education Minister, said voters could see through the party's actions and know they were fishing for votes.  

Newly elected MCA deputy youth chief Ling Hee Leong said PAS should stop deceiving the people with its attempt to change its image. 

“It is obvious that PAS wants to portray a new image to the young, but the MCA believes that young people will not be so easily fooled. 

“PAS has banned pop concerts, wayang kulit and social dancing among non-Muslims. So the sudden change in policy is unusual,” he said. 

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