Privacy Club in Kuala Lumpur has canceled its March 30 launch due to backlash about its “Thai Hot Guy” performance.
Online advertisements for the launch event featured hulking men in lingerie and scanty waitress attire.
The club clarified on its Facebook page yesterday, stating that it respects the nation’s religious sensitivities and has promised not to break any laws.
“We once again apologise for any inconvenience caused. On the grounds of respecting racial and religious sensitivities, the programme has been canceled,” its statement said.
It went on to say that advertisements for the event were distributed online without the club’s permission.
However, according to Wangsa Maju, district police chief Ashari Abu Samah, the club canceled its event in compliance with orders from the cops after officers visited the location and gave it a warning.
Ashari said that police would monitor the club to ensure it complies with the cancellation.
He added that 60 police reports had been lodged against the event as of yesterday.
On Wednesday, the opposition PAS party urged the authorities to reconsider the permission granted for the event, which it called “insensitive”, “immoral” and “disgusting”.
PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the event “clearly goes against local values and is insensitive towards Islam as the official religion”.
“What’s more, it’s going to be held during Ramadan,” he said in a statement.
He described the event as “hedonistic” and promoting obscenity and promiscuous sex, based on promotional material translated into English from the original Chinese text.
Home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail had also advised event planners and venues to avoid holding performances that are considered offensive and indecent, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins today.
Home minister Saifuddin Nasution Ismail today advised event planners and venues to avoid holding performances that are considered offensive and indecent, particularly during the holy month of Ramadan, which begins… Read more.
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