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Sunday, August 30, 2009

PAS seeks ban on Michael Learns to Rock concert

Malaysia's conservative Islamic party on Monday called for Danish band Michael Learns to Rock to be banned from performing next month, saying it was an insult to Muslims during Ramadan.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS) has campaigned against several foreign performers, and in 2007 threatened protests which forced US singer Beyonce to scrap a planned concert in Malaysia.

"We are opposing this concert because holding it does not respect Muslims as it is the fasting month of Ramadan, a time for holiness and cleanliness," PAS youth wing chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi told AFP.

"It is an insult to Islam for the government to allow such a concert to take place and we urge all groups to follow our lead in demanding the concert be banned," he said.

The "Michael Learns to Rock -- Eternity Tour 2009" is set to take place at the Genting Highlands resort north of the capital Kuala Lumpur on September 5, according to promoter Star Planet's website.

A spokesman for the company was not immediately available for comment.

Nasrudin said his party would consider "taking action" if the government did not stop the performance but did not specify what form that would take.

PAS 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.

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