Ministry to go on with ‘mak yong’ performance

  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 22 Mar 2006

KUALA LUMPUR: The Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry will go ahead with its planned mak yong performance in Kelantan, on April 8 despite the ban on such shows imposed by the PAS-led state government. 

“I will be there. I want to gauge the response from the people of Kelantan,” Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim said yesterday after briefing a group of Barisan Nasional Youth executive council members visiting the National Crafts complex here.  

“The performance will also have dikir barat and wayang kulit. We want to bring arts to the people.” 

He said the performance would be held in Pengkalan Chepa – considered by many to be the stronghold of Mentri Besar Datuk Nik Abdul Aziz Nik Mat.  

“We will let the people decide. I expect the crowd to be in the thousands,” he said. 

PAS, after taking over the state government in 1990, banned mak yong in Kelantan on the grounds that it contained elements that contradicted Islamic teachings.  

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