Cancel foreign act concerts or face protests, says PAS Youth

PETALING JAYA: PAS Youth is urging the government to cancel all upcoming concerts featuring international artists or they will stage protests if this is not done.

PAS Youth chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari (pic) called on the government to cancel such events as he said they encourage hedonism and were not in line with the norms and values of Muslim life in Malaysia.

"On behalf of PAS Youth, I sincerely hope that the government, through the relevant ministers, will consider cancelling and withdrawing permission for these concerts to take place.

"The timing is inappropriate and the values they bring are contrary to Islam as a federal religion," he said in a Facebook post on Thursday (Aug 25).

Ahmad Fadhli also said that PAS might carry out protests nationwide.

"Our party will not hesitate to stir up resistance across the country if these are not cancelled.

"We urge NGOs and individuals concerned to rise up to prevent hedonistic culture from spreading in society," he said.

Fadhli, who is also Pasir Mas MP, made a similar call last Friday (Aug 19) when he called on Muslims to oppose such concerts, which he said would only invite the "wrath of Allah".

He posted this on Facebook a day after American singer-songwriter Billie Eilish's concert in Kuala Lumpur on Aug 18.

The Islamist party has a record of opposing concerts held in the country by international performers.

In 2016, PAS called for a Selena Gomez concert to be banned, alleging it promoted "western culture and hedonism". The concert went on as scheduled.

Among the upcoming concerts are K-pop group (G)I-Dle on Sept 9, Indonesian band Dewa19 on Sept 10 and Good Vibes on Sept 23 and 24.

Due to perform in Malaysia in October are Justin Bieber, Michael Learns To Rock and Calum Scott, while Hong Kong singer Joey Yung will perform here in November.

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