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Friday, July 22, 2016

Defiant PAS exco wants to stop Selena Gomez concert

KUALA LUMPUR - Selangor religious affairs executive councillor Datuk Dr Ahmad Yunus Hairi ordered today all mosques throughout the state to conduct special prayers (solat hajat) to stop Selena Gomez’s concert from taking place on July 25.

The PAS leader claimed that Muslims would not accept such “extreme” forms of entertainment and that the concert by the US pop singer will invoke God’s wrath if it were allowed to take place.

“All mosques in Selangor have been ordered to hold ‘solat hajat’ after Friday prayers or whenever it is appropriate before the concert takes place to pray to Allah in hopes that the concert will be cancelled.

“(May) our beloved Selangor not be struck with disasters, and the concert organisers be enlightened by Allah,” Ahmad Yunus said in a statement.

Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azmin Ali has said that the state government will not ban the upcoming concert, even as Islamist party PAS continues to protest against it.

Azmin said that the state government has no reason to prohibit the event from proceeding so long as the organisers meet all the requirements set by local authorities.

Responding to PAS Youth’s claim that the “sexy” American singer’s concert would taint the Muslim month of Syawal, he explained that sex appeal was not an attribute that should be maligned.

“Sexiness is God’s creation and subjective. Do not be over excited by it. Most (of her fans) are drawn by the song lyrics delivered by the particular singer,” he was quoted as saying by Berita Harian in its news portal this week.

He also said there was no issue with holding the concert in the month of Syawal, adding that every month should be equally respected.

Gomez’s concert is part of her “Revival” tour and will be held at the Stadium Melawati in Shah Alam.

Concerts held by international musicians and bands in Malaysia frequently see opposition from hardline Muslim groups and PAS Youth in addition to strict regulations from authorities, causing many to give the country a miss during their South-east Asian tours.

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