An anti-gay Islamic group in Malaysia plans to protest a concert by Elton John, claiming the veteran pop star will ‘drag’ young Muslims into ‘vice’.
The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) will picket the British singer’s gig in the capital Kuala Lumpur on Saturday (1 December) over his gay marriage to partner David Furnish.
The group also accuse Sir Elton’s tour in Asia of promoting ‘hedonism’ and claims it will have a negative impact on young Malaysians.
‘We will use the approach of submitting a memorandum [to the government] to protest against the concert,’ PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi told The Malaysian Times.
‘This is one of the measures we intend to check social ills in the country.
‘Whatever it takes, we will not let up on our dakwah [preaching of Islam] work and will continually remind all Muslims, particularly youths, not to get involved in matters that can drag them into vice.’
The artist is a persistent thorn in the side of the Chinese communist government after he criticized the party for forced evictions in the run up to the 2008 Olympics.
He was also highly critical of the local government in Sichuan after thousands of children died in the earthquake there in 2008, allegedly due to poorly constructed school buildings.