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'She would stoke hedonistic culture'

PAS Youth wants Selena Gomez’s concert called off

PAS Youth has voiced its disapproval over Selena Gomez's The Revival Tour concert slated for July 25 in Shah Alam's Stadium Melawati.

Committee chairman Hafez Sabri said the singer's sexy appearance would tarnish the sanctity of the month of Syawal, which is when Muslims celebrate Hari Raya.

He also expressed regret that the local authorities had given approval to the concert's organisers to hold the event, The Star reported.

"The presence of the American-born singer, who is synonymous with sexy appearances, would tarnish the sanctity of the month of Syawal, which is being celebrated in earnest, and further stoke the hedonistic culture among the country's youths," Mr Hafez said in a statement yesterday.

He called on the state Islamic religious council to issue an official letter prohibiting Gomez's concert.

He said the state government should have been more careful when approving the concert and heeded guidelines issued by the Islamic Religious Department (Jakim).

"It is a priority and the responsibility of PAS Youth to ensure that there are no elements which can destroy the younger generation," he added.

"Hence, we are committed to opposing such a concert."

The 24-year-old is scheduled to perform in Shah Alam on July 25, before heading to Singapore for another concert on July 27.

Guidelines released by Jakim in 2007 impose limitations on stage performances, dress and behaviour codes, and gender segregation for attendees.

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