Islamic group warns RihannaJanuary 24, 2009
A radical islamic group is threatening to take action if Rihanna is allowed to perform in Malaysia, but that country’s government has approved the February 13 concert by the Barbadian star. The youth wing of the Parti Islam SeMalaysia (PAS) called for a cancellation of the concert on Wednesday, saying Rihanna’s performances were unsuitable because of her daring outfits and raunchy dances. The protesters also said inviting the United States-based Rihanna, who turns 21 on February 20, would be akin to supporting US ally Israel, which does not have diplomatic relations with Malaysia, where Islam is the official religion. “They can always protest, but the ministry has the final say,” Minister of Unity, Culture and Arts Mohamad Shafie Apdal was quoted as saying by the country’s Bernama news agency, yesterday. “Our main concern is whether the concert is in line with Malaysian culture, but as the entertainment industry is a very dynamic and creative industry, we must allow our people to have access to it,” he said. Rihanna, whose hits include the Grammy award-winning Umbrella, Disturbia, Unfaithful, and Shut Up And Drive, is slated to perform in Kuala Lumpur on February 13 as part of her Good Girl Gone Bad world tour.