Malaysia not ready for Beyonce concert

17:06, October 20, 2009      

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Singer Beyonce performs at the BET Awards '09 in Los Angeles June 28, 2009.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

U.S. pop star Beyonce Knowles has postponed a planned concert in Malaysia following accusations by the nation's opposition Islamist party that the show would be immoral, concert organizers said.

R&B star Beyonce Knowles, who is known for her provocative clothes and choreography, had been scheduled to perform at a Kuala Lumpur stadium Oct. 25. The show "has been postponed to a future date to be announced shortly," Malaysian entertainment company Marctensia said in a statement.

"The postponement is solely (the) decision of the artist and has nothing to do with other external reasons," the statement said.

A Marctensia representative declined to say whether the decision was prompted by criticism from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, the country's largest opposition group, which has called for the show to be scrapped because it would promote "Western sexy performances."

Foreign acts often draw protests by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, whose youth wing forced Beyonce to cancel her 2007 concert in the mainly Muslim nation of 27 million people.

Other female pop stars such as Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani have performed in Malaysia despite similar protest threats by Muslims. Both singers wore clothes that revealed little skin.

Source: Xinhua
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