PAS has consistently against performances by western artists its deem ‘un-Islamic’ or ‘incompatible with Malaysian values’ – such as revealing outfits the like of Beyonce, Rihana held in the country often against the wishes of majority Malaysians.
Elton John’s Greatest Hits Tour concert scheduled for Nov 22 in Genting Highlands is being targeted by the party, saying the performance by the “gay singer” was considered “incompatible” with Malaysian culture.
Its chairman Shahril Azman Abdul Halim told its party organ Harakah Daily on Monday that “even though it is meant to entertain his fans, the international singing icon would have a negative influence on the younger generation.
“The authorities are aware that the culture of hedonism or excessive and extreme entertainment is spreading swiftly, like poison, among young Muslims.
“It is this culture such as free intermingling, drinking, adultery and illegitimate children – that often damages a society and causes people to neglect their responsibilities to their religion.
“This is made worse by the practise of homosexuality. We cannot imagine how the youth will receive it, especially when the authorities failed to restrict it from the start,” he said.
John married his partner David Furnish in 2005 after same-sex marriage became legal in Britain.
They have a son, Zachary Jackson Levon John, who was born in 2010 through a surrogate mother.
This is the first time that John will be performing in Malaysia.
Shahril urged the authorities to put a stop to the concert and stem moral decay in society.