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Malaysian Islamic party urges Elton John show ban

Published on Nov 27, 2012 2:25 PM
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This file photo taken on Nov 25, 2012 shows pop-rock balladeer Elton John performing at his concert in Wukesong Stadium in Beijing. An Islamic political party on Nov 27, 2012, urged the government of predominantly Muslim Malaysia to ban a concert by Elton John, saying the openly gay British pop icon promotes "immoral" values. -- PHOTO: AFP

KUALA LUMPUR (AFP) - An Islamic political party on Tuesday urged the government of predominantly Muslim Malaysia to ban a concert by Elton John, saying the openly gay British pop icon promotes "immoral" values.

John, who is popular in Malaysia, is scheduled to perform on Thursday at a resort outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.

"This concert must be cancelled. Artists who are involved in gay and lesbian activities must not be allowed to perform in Malaysia as they will promote the wrong values," Mr Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, chief of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), told AFP.

The legendary singer-songwriter, who is on the Asian leg of a worldwide tour, performed in Malaysia last November to a sell-out crowd despite a similar protest from the Islamic party.

 
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