Adam Lambert is ‘too gay’ for Malaysia

Malaysia’s Islamist opposition party on Monday called on authorities to cancel a concert by American glam rock singer Adam Lambert, accusing him of promoting “gay culture” in the Muslim-majority country.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) also warned that it would call on “as many party members and supporters as possible” to evangelize to concertgoers if the former “American Idol” runner-up performs on Thursday, a party leader said.

“Adam Lambert’s show is outrageous, with obscene dancing and gay performers kissing male dancers. This is not good for our people,” said PAS youth leader Nasrudin Hasan. Homosexual acts are a crime in Malaysia.

PAS is Malaysia’s second-largest party with nearly one million members and is a partner of the Rainbow opposition group led by former deputy prime minister Anwar Ibrahim.

PAS often protests against performances by foreign artists, and since 2007 has campaigned against performances by singers including Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Avril Lavigne and Mariah Carey.

In May, police broke up a demonstration by Muslims, including PAS supporters, protesting a concert by American rapper Pitbull, highlighting the rise of Islamic conservatism in the country.

An official from Malaysia’s Arts, Culture and Heritage Ministry was quoted as saying the singer had signed a contract agreeing to abide by the ministry’s performance rules, which allow it to require foreign performers to tone down their acts to suit local sensibilities.



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