Sultan to PAS: Nothing wrong with the artistesPosted: June 18, 2008
SHAH ALAM: An upset Sultan of Selangor has threatened to call off future Sultan of Selangor Cup matches between his state and Singapore if the protest by the state PAS Youth against two artistes performing for the event went ahead.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah described the protest over rock queen Ella and dangdut singer Mas Idayu as “hypocritical” and “trivial”.
“If this is going to be so difficult, we might as well hold this annual event in Singapore. I am sure they will be more than happy to play host,” he told The Star yesterday.
On Monday, Selangor PAS Youth submitted a memoradum to the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office to protest against plans to have Ella and Mas Idayu perform at the match on July 6.
The Tuanku said Selangor did not comprise of “just PAS and Muslims,” adding that the state had many political parties and people of other races and faith.
He said Pakatan Rakyat was a multi-racial coalition and the sensitivities of other races must be taken into account.
“The idea of holding the performance is to create goodwill and bring the people together before the match. Sports and music bring people together,” he said.
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The words of a wise man.
PAS should seriously stop doing this to themselves. This is what I know as “political suicide”. What exactly is their problem with females appearing in public? And what is their problem with “protecting the minds of the younger generation”?
Do they seriously think that we are still living in ancient times? How is protesting against the appearance and performances of two Malay women going to do them any good? How is it supposed to stop any “bad influence”, if there was any to start with, on youngsters?
Do they seriously think that by preventing female artistes to perform on stage, they can effectively “stop” Western infleunce? And in any case, we are talking about two local, Malay artistes. Do they not want to support local talent?
The world has evolved, and times have changed. They cannot remain so stuck in old times when all females never saw the light of day.
And this is PAS Youth we are talking about.