PAS Youth: Ban Megadeth concert


  • Nation
  • Wednesday, 03 May 2017

PETALING JAYA: PAS Youth has questioned the approval given to American heavy metal band Megadeth to perform at a concert at Stadium Negara on Thursday since it was banned from performing here in 2001.

The wing's information chief Hishamuddin Abdul Karim said the approval for the concert was given without taking into consideration of the bad effects such bands have on the audience.

"We view this oversight very seriously and it is in violation of the guidelines on entertainment in the perspective of Islam published by Jakim (the Malaysian Islamic Development Department) and endorsed by the National Fatwa Committee at their 107th meeting in February 2015," Hishamudin said in a statement on Wednesday.

He, however, denied that the party had anything to do with posters spread on social media featuring newly-elected PAS Youth chief Muhammad Khalil Abdul Hadi with an invitation for people to protest against the concert.

"I want to clearly state here that the posters are meant to discredit our leader and he is not involved with them in any way," he said.

 

Megadeth's concert here is in support of the band's latest album, Dystopia, their first in three years and fifteenth to date.

The album earned a Grammy for Best Metal Performance at the 59th Annual Grammy Awards.

Founded in 1983, the current Megadeth line-up comprises Dave Mustaine on vocals and guitar, David Ellefson on bass, guitarist Kiko Loureiro and drummer Dirk Verbeuren.

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