Religious party politician calls for cancellation of Coldplay concert in KL over fears of deviant influence

Coldplay at Global Citizen Festival, Hamburg. Photo: Frank Schwichtenberg/CC BY-SA
Coldplay at Global Citizen Festival, Hamburg. Photo: Frank Schwichtenberg/CC BY-SA

A prominent member of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) central committee, Nasrudin Hassan, has raised concerns and called on the government to cancel the upcoming Coldplay concert in Kuala Lumpur, citing fears that it may propagate deviant beliefs.

Expressing his views on Facebook, Nasrudin emphasized that the British rock band’s performance, set to take place on Nov. 22, would not contribute to religious, racial, or national interests.

Nasrudin questioned whether the government desired to foster a culture of deviance and hedonism within the country. 

“I would advise the government to cancel this band’s performance in Malaysia,” he wrote, going on to say that the concert would not serve any positive purpose for religion, race, or the nation. 

Nasrudin is a member of the PAS Syura Council and a former Temerloh MP.

Accompanying his statement, Nasrudin shared photographs of Coldplay’s lead singer, Chris Martin, holding a rainbow flag—an emblem commonly associated with the LGBT community.

This prompted a response from Local Government Minister Nga Kor Ming, who said if the party does not like the Grammy-winning British band, they can skip it. 

“If PAS does not like Coldplay, then simple, don’t buy their concert tickets,” Nga said at his ministry’s Hari Raya Aidilfitri event in Putrajaya today.

He also said other global performers are welcomed here “because it’s not just about the performances, but such acts can help spur economic growth”.

Yesterday, Coldplay announced the schedule for their “Music of the Spheres” tour in Asia, including several stadium concerts scheduled for November. The band’s official website confirms that the concert in Malaysia is slated to be held at KL’s Bukit Jalil Stadium.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim also expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming concert, taking to social media to welcome Coldplay, stating, “See you in November!”

Tickets for Coldplay’s “Music of the Spheres” world tour in Kuala Lumpur will go on sale on May 17.

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