Pro-Palestinian lobbying groups have no issues with Coldplay concert, says Anwar


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KUALA LUMPUR: Pro-Palestine lobbying groups have no issues with Coldplay continuing with its concert scheduled for Wednesday (Nov 22), says Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim (pic).

The Prime Minister highlighted that the British band Coldplay is among those who are supporters of Palestine.

However, he will discuss the issue with the Federal Territory mufti.

Coldplay has been an outspoken supporter of Palestine for over the past decade. The band posted the song Freedom For Palestine on its official Facebook page in 2011.

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"So, I will discuss with the Federal Territories mufti on the current situation as there is some pro-Palestine lobbying movement that had given their views to the Foreign Minister as well as my office on why are there calls to oppose the Coldplay concert to continue their performance although they actually support the Palestinian struggles," he said.

Anwar was replying to a supplementary question from Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal (PN-Machang) who asked whether concerts such as Coldplay should be allowed considering the situation in Gaza Palestine .

On Nov 18, Federal Territories mufti Datuk Dr Luqman Abdullah called the government to cancel the Coldplay concert.

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Dr Luqman appealed to the public not to support the concert, adding that it would not benefit society.

"Because other issues were raised, we agreed to discuss the matter again," said Anwar.

Earlier this week, PAS and Majlis Ulama Ikatan Muslimin (Isma) religious council chairman Datuk Zamri Hashim also called for the Coldplay concert to be cancelled.

Coldplay is scheduled to perform in Kuala Lumpur on Nov 22 as part of their Music of the Spheres World Tour.

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