Tuesday August 25, 2009
PAS Youth threatens to rock MLTR’s act, too
By JO TEH
PETALING JAYA: Michael Learns to Rock (MLTR) is the latest international act to have its concert condemned by PAS Youth.
The movement issued a strong protest to the Cabinet’s decision in approving the concert by the Danish band at Genting Highlands on Sept 5.
Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, in a press statement yesterday, said his party would not hesitate in mobilising its members to prevent the concert from happening if the performance was not stopped.
He said said the Cabinet’s ap- proval was “an insult to all Muslims in the country.”
The movement had also protested previous gigs by Beyonce, Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani.
Meanwhile, Star Planet, the organiser of Michael Learns to Rock show here, denies allegation the concert violated the dignity of Muslims.
Its chief operating officer, Carmen Liew, said the show would go on as scheduled.
“The green light was given when we approached the authorities. We are not violating any guidelines. In fact, we have abided by Central Agency for Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal) rules that also provides for guidelines on concerts to be held during the fasting month,” she said.
According to Puspal, concerts to be held during the fasting month must in a ‘closed’ venue.
“Genting Highlands is considered as a ‘closed’ venue. We have not done anything wrong,” said Liew.
Touted as a strong comeback for the band, the “Eternity Tour 2009” world tour concert will showcase old and new tunes.