Malaysian Islamic party urges Elton John show ban

Published: November 27, 2012

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

KUALA LUMPUR: 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,” 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.

The 65-year-old singer was married to his Canadian partner David Furnish, 49, in a civil ceremony in England in 2005. On Christmas Day 2010 they became parents to a child conceived using a donor egg and born to a surrogate mother.

Nasrudin said PAS did not plan any street protests to oppose the concert, but “will instead demand that authorities cancel the immoral performance to protect our society from social degradation”.

On Monday, John courted controversy during a performance in China by dedicating his Beijing show to Chinese dissident artist Ai Weiwei.

PAS often protests concerts by Western acts, saying they promote promiscuity and corrupt the minds of youngsters.

The party is a key member of an opposition alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim that hopes to unseat Malaysia’s long-ruling coalition in elections that must be called by mid-2013.

Homosexuality has long been taboo in Malaysia, where 60 percent of the population is Muslim and sodomy is a crime punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

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Reader Comments (4)

  • jism
    Nov 27, 2012 - 12:45PM

    great to see all the pious brothers and sisters at work here, doing what they are best at.

    and the only thing they are great at is their stone age mentality.


  • curious
    Nov 27, 2012 - 9:30PM

    Yes although I live in a western country, totally agree with the idea of banning his shows as his singing is mediocre and he is overrated as well. Waste of money. Audience should not be funding his lifestyle anymore.


  • cacha
    Nov 27, 2012 - 10:05PM

    @jism… They have a stone age mentality but they are thinking much better for humanity than you.. Can you please tell which religion of the world allows lesbians and guys? is it morally or ethically correct for same gender to have these sort of relationships? These people are making the world of humans in the world of beasts where there is no value for religion , morals and ethics..


  • Happens
    Nov 28, 2012 - 12:14AM

    Which moral , which ethics and which religion you are talking about . Gang rape of teenagers is also not allowed in any religion . Killing in the name of religion or poison medicines is also now allowed.If no religion accepts them , then they are atheists .Which religion prevents ladies to drive , which religion forces other communities to convert ? If they are not doing for anyone , they are not doing against anyone.But in the name of religion what you are doing is against humanity.>Recommend

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