Mak yong all right minus the fantasy

  • Nation
  • Monday, 13 Mar 2006

KOTA BARU: Kelantan will lift the ban on the mak yong dance if performers conform to Islamic guidelines, said state Local Government Committee chairman Takiyuddin Hassan. 

He said the dance was banned because the script featured an element of fantasy, which was unIslamic. 

Takiyuddin cited as example, the wayang kulit (shadow play) which was initially banned, but was now allowed after Islamic values were included in the presentation. 

"We want cultural and art activities to be based on moral and religious values, not fantasy," he said after opening the Kelantan-level Malaysian Property Expo (Mapex) at KB Mall here Monday. 

Takiyuddin added that university students and foreign tourists were permitted to view mak yong but the performance must be held behind closed doors.  

It is an offence to promote the dance openly as it is still banned.

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