Too sexy for Malay Islamist

2009-10-24 00:00

KUALA LUMPUR — Multiple Grammy award-winner Beyonce Knowles has indefinitely postponed the Malaysian leg of her world tour, following opposition by hardline Islamists over her racy costumes and dance moves.

Beyonce, who was due to perform in the capital Kuala Lumpur tomorrow, had earlier agreed to tone down her performance and clothes for the show.

However, local organisers announced that the show will be postponed until further notice.

Malaysian tourism minister Rais Yatim said the government has not imposed any conditions on Beyonce, adding that the decision to cancel the show may have been due to pressure from local hardline Islamists.

Parti Islam SeMalaysia (Pas) had objected to Beyonce’s concert, saying the singer’s costumes and performances are “too sexy” for local audiences.

This is the second time Beyonce has cancelled a show in Malaysia. The first was in 2007 when she pulled out after Pas mounted objections.

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