Islamic political party calls for ban on 'gay' Elton John's concert in Malaysia
An Islamic political party has urged the government of 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," the News quoted Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, chief of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), as saying.
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.
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.