Malaysia has told Canadian crooner Avril Lavigne to take a hike. Her KL concert scheduled for August 29th has been abruptly canceled by the government. The following super-lame official explanation has been offered:
Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage Minister Shafie Apdal said that the concert falls during the nation's independence period and was not a suitable time to hold such a concert.
There are a lot of events on Aug 29 and the Ministry does not want the independence and the near Ramadan month to be filled with such pop and rock culture, he said."As the Minister of Unity, Culture, Arts and Heritage, we should be instilling good culture in the young but here we are allowing other parties to organise things," he said Wednesday...
Don't you love the implied conspiracy theories here? Who said paranoia was just for military or espionage types anymore?
So, in the tried and true PI tradition of cutting the crap, this Malay bottom-feeding minister is really saying that he has unilaterally canceled Lavigne's concert for three reasons:
1. She's a female
2. She's a kufr
3. She's a singer
The Malay Muslim ministers who run--I mean own--Malaysia all know that perfect religion of theirs, Islam, is vulnerable to even the slightest waverings of doubt. What could cause such doubts? Well, things like the music of Grammy Award-nominated singers, or books, or Hindu temples, or Christian churches. All things to be banished, banned or destroyed if possible.
Thanks Malaysia, for pulling the lever for BN (Malaysia's Muslim-run ruling political party). You've gotten over 50 years of life in an Islamic paradise, and what could be better than that?