Selangor Sultan criticises PAS for objecting to two singers

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By Hazlin Hassan, The Straits Times

A VISIBLY angry Sultan of Selangor has lashed out at the opposition Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) for trying to stop two singers from performing at an upcoming football match between the state and Singapore.

INAPPROPRIATE: PAS Youth says that both dangdut singer Mas Idayu and rock star Ella present too daring an image that does not conform to Islamic standards. — PHOTOS: FREDA HASSAN, THE STAR/ASIA NEWS NETWORK

The issue has created tension in the Pakatan Rakyat coalition as PAS tries to push its Islamic agenda, while the Democratic Action Party (DAP) says it will not allow this to happen.

Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah told The Star daily that the protest over the planned performances by rock singer Ella and dangdut singer Mas Idayu was ‘hypocritical’ and ‘trivial’.

‘If this is going to be so difficult, we might as well hold this annual event in Singapore,’ he said of the Sultan of Selangor Cup match. ‘I am sure they will be more than happy to play host.’

The Selangor PAS youth wing sent a note to Menteri Besar Khalid Ibrahim on Monday saying that performances by Ella and Mas Idayu at the July 6 game were inappropriate for young people.

But the Sultan said: ‘They are performers suitable for the family, and I don’t know what the fuss is all about.’

He said that Selangor’s residents were not ‘just PAS and Muslims’.

Selangor PAS Youth chief Sallehen Mokhyi told The Straits Times: ‘The image of Ella and Mas Idayu is very daring. Their performances do not conform to Islamic standards. We have many other artistes like Mawi and Siti Nurhaliza.’

He said that PAS leaders would meet the Sultan today to discuss the issue.

At the weekend, PAS Youth urged opposition-run states to implement strict Islamic syariah laws.

Such laws – like those in Kelantan, which has been ruled by PAS since 1990 – would likely ban gambling, limit liquor sales and mandate a dress code for women.

The opposition coalition of PAS, the DAP and Parti Keadilan Rakyat won control of Selangor, Perak, Penang and Kedah, and retained Kelantan, in the March election. But the PAS Youth demands have shown how fragile the coalition is.

DAP chairman Karpal Singh and DAP’s Lim Guan Eng, who is Penang’s Chief Minister, dismissed the idea of implementing syariah law.

‘There is no need for us to discuss such things further,’ Mr Lim was quoted as saying in the New Straits Times. ‘We will not impose any laws on any particular segment.’

DAP MP Tony Pua warned on his blog: ‘If there is continued and increased lobbying by PAS leaders for implementation of laws such as the above, it will at some point make the Pakatan Rakyat coalition untenable.’

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