Wednesday February 6, 2013
CNY dance event backfires
By HAN KAR KAY
ALOR SETAR: A Chinese New Year do meant to rebut strict public entertainment guidelines set by the PAS-led state government has backfired on PKR state executive councillor Lim Soo Nee when scantily dressed women performed at the event.
Organised by Lim on Saturday evening at Taman Sago in Kulim, the event was deemed too “racy” by even the DAP, leave alone PAS leaders in the state.
Three women, with their backs, legs and bellies exposed, took turns to perform on stage for about three hours.
They wore “bikini-like” tops with short skirts and moved suggestively to hot numbers such as Gangnam Style.
Local Chinese community leaders slammed Lim, who is the Kulim assemblyman, for putting up such a show and linking it to Chinese culture.
State MCA chief Datuk Chong Itt Chew said he would leave it to the PKR and its partners to “dwell on the performance”.
“What happened proves that he (Lim) held an event which was clearly against the state government's decision”.
The Kedah government had imposed a strict four-point guideline and dress code on female performers for the Chinese New Year.
The PKR is said to have opposed such policies and it is learnt that Lim wanted to prove a point by organising the show.
Kedah Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang said the controversy proved double-standards within the state government.
“The state is trying to give the impression of being liberal in the dress code ruling by allowing such performances in Kulim. Kedahans should not be duped,” he added.
State DAP chairman Lee Guan Aik said performers should be decently dressed.
Lim said the women were dressed as such because they were “street stage performers”.
“But the organisers had no knowledge that they would dress in such a revealing manner,” he said last night.
PAS state executive councillor Datuk Phahrolrazi Mohd Zawawi was reported to have said that the performance breached the dress code ruling and that the matter would be investigated.