Malaysian State Dividen on Discos

Officials in Kelanta, the only Malaysian state ruled by the Pan-Malaysia Islamic Party (PAS), have given contradictory remarks on the possibility of allowing dance clubs to serve as entertainment outlets.

Malaysian State Dividen on Discos

"There will be no discos or nightclubs," Takiyuddin Hassan, the chairman of Kelantan's Housing and Health Committee affirmed.

The official ruled out plans to set up dance clubs in the state, asserting that statements he made on Friday were misunderstood.

"What I proposed was to set up cultural entertainment outlets, such as cultural villages."

Media reports earlier said PAS would permit dance clubs as part of "tourism belt" program to boost tourism in one of the poorest states in the Asian Muslim giant.

Malaysia offers the image of a ideal Muslim country, heading towards the status of developed nation with huge buildings, beautiful cities and a fast track economy.

Muslim Malays comprise about 60 percent of the country's 26 million people.

Ethnic Chinese and Indians - most of them Buddhists, Hindus and Christians - make up about 35 percent.


A few hours before Takiyuddin came out to clarify his statements, Kelantan chief minister Nik Aziz Nik Mat spoke of permitting "Islamic form of dance clubs" under certain conditions.

"I do not see any reason to forbid them," he said.

"This is because dancing is just a form of body movement."

He said such dance clubs should serve no liquor, keep men and women apart and ensure women's decent attire.

"When dancing is done with the aurat (parts of the body that must be covered) covered and there is no inter-mingling, everything should be okay," the chief minister told the English-language daily.

He accused those who oppose setting up dance clubs of having little understand of Islam.

"Many do not realize that Islam is flexible."

Kelantan, one of the poorest among Malaysia's 13 states, was the only one retained by PAS in 2004 elections which witnessed a crushing defeat for the conservative party.

Since then, the party has been trying to revamp its image and capture support among Malaysia's ethnic Chinese and Indian communities.

PAS has lifted a 15-year ban on the popular games of snooker and billiards and allowed cinemas to operate -- although with the lights on to prevent any unseemly behavior.

Güncelleme Tarihi: 20 Eylül 2018, 18:16