Nurul Izzah sends invitation to Radiohead, says music is a 'unifying tool'


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  • Friday, 20 Jul 2018

Nurul (left) has promised to bring Radiohead to Malaysia for a concert. Pictured on the right is the band's lead singer Thom Yorke.

PETALING JAYA: Nurul Izzah Anwar has sent a letter to rock band Radiohead to hold a concert for Palestinian charitable causes, as a reminder to "everyone of the universality of music and peace as a unifying tool".

"It is our hope that you will consider this proposal. Not just for the purpose of performing for a noteworthy cause, but to also give another reason to cheer in a year of many firsts for us," she said in a letter to the British rock band.

However, Nurul Izzah did not specifically state that the concert should be held in Malaysia.

The Permatang Pauh MP posted a copy of the letter, which bears her official letterhead, on her Twitter account on Friday (July 20).

Radiohead has come under criticism for performing in Tel Aviv, Israel on Wednesday (July 18).

There were calls to boycott the show, which some said disregarded the oppression of the Palestinian people.

Nurul Izzah said that while she acknowledged the band's decision to play in the country could be construed as a tacit endorsement of ongoing Israeli persecution, she believed that they were sensitive towards the issues of human rights abuse against the Palestinians.

In a Twitter posting last May, the PKR leader had also expressed her commitment to bring the band, which is from Abingdon, Oxfordshire, to Malaysia.

"Indeed. A promise is a promise #PostRamadanDiscussion. Now get on to work!" she said.

Radiohead, which hails from Britain, was formed in 1985 and has generated hits such as Creep, No Surprises, Karma Police, High and Dry and My Iron Lung.

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