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Malaysia: Islamic political party members to protest against Elton John concert

Joseph McCormick November 27, 2012
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Members of a Malaysian Islamic political party are set to protest against the appearance of Elton John in the country’s capital on Saturday evening.

The reason the Pan Malaysian Islamic Party objects to the concert is that the it claims the pop star promotes “hedonism”, and because of his civil partnership with David Furnish, which the party claims, could have a bad impact on young Malaysians, reported Bankok Post.

Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, the Youth Leader for the party, commented on its reasons for protest:

“We will use the approach of submitting a memorandum [to the government] to protest against the concert,”

“This is one of the measures we intend to check social ills in the country.

“Whatever it takes, we will not let up on our dakwah [preaching of Islam] work and will continually remind all Muslims, particularly youths, not to get involved in matters that can drag them into vice.”

Sir Elton John is scheduled to play at the Arena of Stars, Genting Hills on Saturday evening.

The Tiny Dancer star last month called on the government not to concede to the opponents of equal marriage and said he would “love nothing more than to make history again” by turning his civil partnership into a marriage.

Related topics: Asia, civil partnership, David Furnish, Elton John, equal marriage, gay marriage, Islam, Malaysia, Malaysia, pan malaysian islamic party, pan malaysian party, same sex marriage

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