Today an Islamic political party urged the government of predominantly Muslim Malaysia to ban Elton’s upcoming engagement, saying the openly gay vocalist promotes “immoral” values.
Elton, who is popular in Malaysia, is scheduled to perform on Thursday at a resort outside the capital Kuala Lumpur.
“This concert must be cancelled. Artists who are involved in gay and lesbian activities must not be allowed to perform in Malaysia as they will promote the wrong values,” Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi, chief of the youth wing of the opposition Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), told AFP.
Elton, who is on the Asian leg of a worldwide tour, performed in Malaysia last November to a sell-out crowd despite a similar protest from the Islamic party.
Nasrudin said PAS did not plan any street protests to oppose the concert, but “will instead demand that authorities cancel the immoral performance to protect our society from social degradation”.
PAS often protests concerts by Western acts, claiming they promote promiscuity and corrupt the minds of youngsters.
The party is a key member of an opposition alliance led by Anwar Ibrahim that hopes to unseat Malaysia’s long-ruling coalition in elections that must be called by mid-2013.
Homosexuality has long been taboo in Malaysia, where 60 percent of the population is Muslim.