February 28, 2012 by staff
Erykah Badu, A concert featuring American songstress Erykah Badu scheduled to be held in the city tomorrow night has been cancelled for allegedly violating Central Agency for the Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal) guidelines.
Information, Communications and Culture Minister Datuk Seri Dr Rais Yatim, in a statement published by his Tumblr account, cited that the performer had touched religious sensitivities and failed to meet Malaysian cultural values standards, as well as guidelines set by Puspal.
He said a photograph showing a tattoo of the word Allah in Arabic on the artiste’s bare body was an insult to Islam and regarded as a serious offence.
“This has raised objections from the community which can threaten national security and have a negative impact on the government’s image,” he added.
Rais said a Puspal meeting today decided to stop the concert based on the views of its members, especially the Home Ministry, Islamic Development Department (Jakim) and Royal Malaysia Police.
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