Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Elton's KL Concert 'Incompatible With Malaysian Culture'

Pahang PAS Youth is protesting against Elton John's Nov 22 concert, saying that the gay singer is incompatible with Malaysian culture.

Harakah Daily reported its chairman Shahril Azman Abdul Halim Al-Hafiz as saying that since the singer was married to another man, this would have a negative influence on the younger generation.

“The authorities should be aware that the culture of hedonism or excessive and extreme entertainment is spreading swiftly like poison among young Muslims.

“It is this culture, including inter-mingling among both sexes, alcohol drinking, adultery and cases of illegitimate children that can cause damage to society.

“This situation is made worse by prevalent homosexual behaviour,” he said yesterday.

Shahril Azman said the authorities should work together to put a stop to such moral decay.

In an immediate response, MCA central committee member Loh Seng Kok described PAS' proposal as extreme.

“We are only interested in his music,” he said.

“But PAS is making Malaysia a laughing stock in the eyes of the world.”

Loh said such concerts helped earn tourism revenue and also enabled Malaysians to watch world-class acts.

He urged the promoters to ignore PAS as the party was not reflective of the Malaysian majority.

Elton John, famous for songs like Candle in the Wind and Rocket Man, married David Furnish in 2005 when same-sex marriages were legalised in Britain.

Their son Zachary Jackson Levon John was born in 2010 through a surrogate mother in California.

This will be the singer's first performance in Malaysia.

The show, which will be held in Genting Highlands, is part of the music icon's Greatest Hits Tour.

- The Star

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