Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Media statement by DAPSY Chief and MP for Rasah on 28 November 2012 in Kuala Lumpur

DAPSY strongly disagrees with the stance of PAS Youth to seek the banning of Elton John’s concert in Malaysia.

DAPSY wish to state our strong disagreement with PAS Youth for their attempt to seek the authority to ban Elton John’s concert in Genting Highlands. While we respect their freedom of opinion, DAPSY feels that taking such a step will only give fodders to Barisan Nasional and the mainstream media to continue to paint a negative picture on PAS Youth as a backward and regressive youth movement. This will surely not help Pakatan Rakyat to convince Malaysians that we are a progressive and moderate coalition of parties that are ready to replace BN as the federal government.

PAS Youth’s reason that allowing Elton John to perform in Malaysia will lead to the rise of homosexuality and other social ills due to his sexual orientation is both simplistic and unacceptable. Those who are going to the concert are there to watch his talents and enjoy his music, not to support and be influenced by his sexual orientation. Banning a concert is not the solution to tackle our social ills. PAS Youth should focus more on education and awareness campaign instead of imposing their views and values on the young people.

Therefore, DAPSY calls on PAS Youth to cancel their plan to protest against the concert and change its approach in addressing social problems. DAPSY fully support the staging of the concert as planned and sees no reasons why the authority should withdraw the permit for the concert.

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