Is PAS OK with western, entertainment-oriented concerts if Muslims are excluded?

AFTER all the brouhaha over PAS allowing a concert to take place in its own backyard of Kelantan, state authorities have been forced to take action.

It has been reported that the organisers of the Loy Krathong festival in Bachok will be fined RM10,000 for violating the conditions set for the event.

According to Bernama, Kelantan local government, housing, health and environment committee chairman Hilmi Abdullah said the event had a permit and did not breach the Kelantan Entertainment Control Enactment, contrary to claims by certain parties.

However, the organiser is facing a fine because the performers did not comply with the dress code while the People’s Volunteer Corps (RELA) officer failed to bar Muslims from entering the concert grounds.

It must be noted that there is clear signage at the Buddhist temple Wat Pathumviharn where the concert was held, prohibiting Muslims from entering.

The question also needs to be asked is just how the RELA members were to clearly identify Muslim attendees, short of asking for their identity cards.

The fine is obviously to highlight that PAS is taking firm action after bellowing for the recent Coldplay concert in the National Stadium @ Bukit Jalil in Kuala Lumpur to be cancelled.

The maiden concert by British rock band Coldplay on Nov 22 was sold-out with Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim backing the concert to go ahead despite PAS opposing its staging

Perhaps if there is a gig by foreign artistes in the future, PAS should insist that Muslims be banned from attending so as not to prevent fans of other faiths from enjoying some deserving entertainment?

Sounds like a win-win situation … except for Muslim concert goers. – Dec 1, 2023

Main pic credit: The Rakyat Post

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