Malaysian Islamic party urges new ban on Beyoncé concert

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Malaysia s conservative Islamic party called this week for a concert by US singer Beyoncé to be banned, two years after her debut here was shelved over fears of protests by Muslim groups.

The R&B star is due to perform on October 25 at the Bukit Jalil national stadium just outside the capital, organizer Marctensia said on its website.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS) has campaigned against several foreign performers and in 2007, along with other Muslim groups, threatened protests that forced Beyoncé to scrap her planned debut concert in Malaysia.

We oppose the holding of such concerts and we will take action to prevent such a concert from taking place in Malaysia, PAS youth chief Nasrudin Tantawi told AFP, without specifying what action would be taken.

This performance is not suitable for Muslims as her skimpy attire and behavior onstage are immoral and lead to unclean behavior, he said.

The scheduled concert is part of Beyoncé s I am… world tour, which has seen her perform in North America and Europe, the website said. The promoters could not be reached for comment.

Performances by foreign artists frequently come under fire in Malaysia, particularly from PAS.

The Islamic party called for Danish band Michael Learns to Rock to be banned from performing earlier this month, saying it was an insult to Muslims during the fasting month of Ramadan. The group managed to perform without incident.

It also held protests against Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne s concert last year after failing to have it banned, saying her performance would weaken the younger generation morally and mentally.

A performance by Gwen Stefani was also targeted, and although the event went ahead she was forced to cover up after complaints about her skimpy outfits. -AFP

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