Controversy

Malaysian politician says Coldplay is contributing to “a culture of hedonism”

Malaysia is a tough place for many Western bands because of the strong traditional Islamic attitude held by some people. Take, for example, Nasrudin Hassan, the leader of the Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS). He’s very annoyed that Coldplay has been booked to play National Stadium Bukit Jaili this November.

I quote: “What does the government want to nurture a culture of hedonism and perversion in this country? I advise you to just cancel this group’s performance in Malaysia. It brings nothing good to religion, race and country.”

Yes, he’s talking about Coldplay. THAT Coldplay.

He’s received quite a bit of pushback from some other politicians. Chris Martin has also responded.

“Every time I meet Malaysian people, I feel such a sense of love and warmth. Everybody is welcome to our show. We love all people, all kinds of people, all religions.

“All leaders, all followers – nobody is excluded. We really want you to come to our show and feel free to be yourself and feel free to let everybody be themselves. Anyone who is not happy we are coming, we’re sorry, but we love you too.”

Here’s his full interview with HITZ radio in Malaysia.

Alan Cross

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