PETALING JAYA: Males and females are to be segregated during concerts, according to a new set of guidelines drawn up by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim).
In a section dealing with the organisation of entertainment events, Jakim said programmes should not allow "mixing (percampuran) of males and females in the audience".
The guidelines were endorsed during the 107th National Fatwa Committee Meeting held on Feb 10-11 this year.
It also specified that concert organisers should not allow mingling (pergaulan bebas) between men and women during practises and rehearsals.
Additional concert guidelines introduced were that there should be no ritualistic elements, signs or symbols contrary to Islamic teachings, either directly or indirectly; acts that are prohibited in Islam or vices, or things that can lead to such situations and circumstances that leads to chaos or disruption of public order.
The 2007 edition listed six guidelines for concerts, and there are 11 in the latest set.
Also listed were concert guidelines covering songs, video clips, lyrics and performances.
Recent entertainment events involving Muslims have drawn criticism lately, such as a video clip showing male South Korean pop band members hugging and kissing female Malay fans on stage which went viral on social media in January.
Jakim director-general Datuk Othman Mustapha had said the incident "shamed Malaysia and the Muslim community".
On Apr 2, Communications and Multimedia Minister Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek said the organisers of the controversial concert had been blacklisted.
Shabery added that enforcement activities with other relevant agencies and local authorities have been improved to avoid the incident from recurring.
The guidelines can be viewed on the Jakim website.