August 24, 2010 by Post Team 

Showgirls, KUALA LUMPUR – AFP – The organizers of a Chinese ethnic festival in the resort island of Penang, Malaysia, said Tuesday they have banned scantily clad showgirls who put on the performance of suggestive to entertain the crowds.

The Association of Penang Tiong Guan, who heads 228 committees organizing the annual “Hungry Ghost” Festival, said that young women “wearing underwear on stage, showing too much skin and be sxy, sxy,” which was canceled.

“We have encouraged the various committees to stop these girls in bathing suits and sxy clothes and sxy gestures to show,” Lim Yam Koi, advisor of the association, told AFP.

“If you ignore our recommendations, the committee will have its license canceled by the police entertainment next year and will not be able to present a program of the festival.”

Lim said the actions are unacceptable as suggestive movements used in their song and dance routines “are not part of our religious beliefs.”

The “tai ko” performers have become a feature in the phase of exhibition in collaboration with the festival, which takes place in the seventh lunar month of Chinese calendar between communities in southern China, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

It is believed that the “Gates of Hell” will open this month to release the hungry ghosts to wander in the land of the living while foraging for food.

During the festival, food supplies are made while the paper money and incense sticks are burned outside the home to keep the spirits of dead ancestors happy and to bring good luck.

Malaysia is a multi-racial country, and while the population is dominated by Muslim Malays, Penang has a large population of Chinese origin and is a focus for community festivals.

The shows, which also consist of representations of Chinese opera, puppet shows and singers, are carried out in the corners of the streets in Penang or open spaces in the suburbs, to appease the wandering spirits and to raise funds for charity.

However, in recent years, organizers have resorted to hiring dancers in a bid to attract crowds and raise more funds.

“We want the commission to obtain more traditional acts such as Chinese opera and singing competitions are, it will be cheaper to get these singers and will be of interest to tourists as well,” said Lim.

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