Kelantan refuses to lift mak yong ban

  • Nation
  • Thursday, 01 Mar 2007 

KOTA BARU: Despite being recognised by Unesco as a world heritage, public performances of the mak yong dance will continue to be banned in its home state of Kelantan. 

State Culture Committee chairman Datuk Anuar Tan Abdullah said the dance could only be performed in private. 

“It is only for foreign tourists and for those conducting research, not for local residents or local Muslims,” he said in an interview. 

In 2005, Unesco recognised mak yong as one of the oldest performing arts in the world. With the recognition, the international body is providing funding for its preservation and promotion. 

Kelantan's PAS government, however, had banned its performance because it said elements of the dance bordered on fantasy and pre-Islam ancient beliefs. 

“Such elements are said to be unsuitable for a Muslim audience,” Anuar said. 

He said the state was willing to organise private shows for tourists if there was a demand.  

Kelantan's continued ban has not gone down well with several mak yong performers who had hoped that with Visit Malaysia 2007, it would allow the dance theatre to be performed in public.  

Article type: metered
User Type: anonymous web
User Status:
Campaign ID: 1
Cxense type: free
User access status: 3
Subscribe now to our Premium Plan for an ad-free and unlimited reading experience!

Next In Nation

Government to focus on putting LCS project back on track, says Hishammuddin
Agricuture industry players told to stop using carbofuran, chlorpyrifos pesticides
Terengganu boat capsize tragedy: Body of another victim found
Govt studying calls to lift ban on chicken exports, says PM
Public demands for seats might delay electoral pact between BN and GRS
Education Ministry to prepare portal for bullying complaints
PM: Meeting with Perikatan already held
RM200mil allocated for another 173 digital economy centres nationwide, says Annuar Musa
Melimau's highly successful racing circuit project will be proposed for other Melaka districts
Three more nabbed over assault of ustaz, tahfiz student

Others Also Read