ISLAMIC conservative party Pas has claimed victory in keeping Beyonce Knowles from Malaysian shores, while her concert promoters have given a public relations excuse for the postponement.
Her Malaysian concert promoter Marctensia Entertainment, in a Press release said R&B diva Beyonce Knowles’s concert this Sunday at Bukit Jalil Stadium had been postponed to a later date.
The multi-Grammy award-winning artiste was earlier scheduled to perform at the National Stadium Bukit Jalil as part of her I Am... World Tour.
Rumours of her possible no-show began trickling in since Sunday evening via social networking website Facebook and messaging service network Twitter.
Immediately following news of the postponement, Pas Youth chief Nasruddin Hassan Tantawi told Malay Mail that Pas was happy and he thanked the government for heeding its call to keep the sexy singer from performing in Malaysia.
“The singer promotes hedonism with her sexy image and it is not good for Malaysian youth regardless of religion or creed,” he said, adding Beyonce was noted for her lascivious choreography and barely dressed backup dancers.
“How can we allow such acts to be performed in Malaysia as nothing good is going to come out of it,” he said, adding Pas Youth was not only concerned about the growing hedonistic culture besetting the Muslims but also other races in Malaysia.
He said Pas was not opposed to all Western entertainment but it was against performances which were seductive and provocative.
“We know that Beyonce and her likes are not compatable with our culture. Their appearance and attire are against our Eastern identity,” he said.
He said it did not matter what she wore to satisfy the Malaysian government’s dress code, but what Pas was against what she represented — sexy and all that is associated with hedonism.
Citing violence among Indian youths in the country today, he said it was a long-term result of allowing violent Tamil movies to be screened over RTM, Astro and cinemas.
“Just look at the weapons the Indian youths are using to settle problems ... the very weapons you see on Tamil movies... and this is not an overnight phenomena,” he said.
In the same breath Nasruddin called on the government to censure and reduce Tamil movies that propogated violence to help ween the Indian society of its affinity for violence.
“They are also part of our society and our brothers and we just cannot let them go on killing each other.
“Ask any sober thinking Indian and they will attest to what I am saying,” he said.
This is not the first time Pas has stopped a concert from being held here.
The last time Beyonce wanted to perform here was in 2007 and that was called off after opposition from several quarters, including Pas.
Pas also protested against the “Rihanna Live In Kuala Lumpur” concert early this year but it was called off after she was involved in an altercation with her boyfriend, singer Chris Brown, after a pre-Grammy Awards party, that left bruises and a scratch on her face.
Other female pop stars such as Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani have performed in Malaysia despite similar protests by Pas. Both singers wore clothes that revealed little skin.
Pas had also objected to Indonesian dangdut queen Inul Daratista performing in Malaysia as she is also well-known for her sexy gyrations.