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Beyonce postpones Malaysia show

Beyonce
Female performers are expected to dress conservatively in Malaysia

US singer Beyonce has postponed a planned concert in Malaysia following accusations by Islamic conservatives that the show would be immoral.

The Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party called for the show in Kuala Lumpur to be scrapped because it would promote "Western sexy performances."

Organisers said the concert, which was due to be held on 25 October, would be postponed "to a future date".

Beyonce previously called off a 2007 concert over the country's dress code.

"The postponement is solely [the] decision of the artiste and has nothing to do with other external reasons," organisers Marctensia said in a statement.

It added a statement from Beyonce's management would be released later this week.

Decency laws

Last month, Marctensia addressed concerns the singer might wear inappropriate outfits, saying "all parties have come to an amicable understanding" about stage costumes.

After shelving her 2007 concert, Beyonce instead performed in Indonesia, where rules governing stage performances are more relaxed.

Pussycat Dolls
The Pussycat Dolls were fined for flouting decency laws in 2006

Female performers at Malaysian concerts are required by government rules to cover up from the shoulders to knees, with no cleavage showing.

Other female pop stars such as Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani have performed in Malaysia despite similar protest threats by conservative Muslims. Both singers wore clothes that revealed little skin.

But the Pussycat Dolls were fined in 2006 for flouting decency laws over their concert in Kuala Lumpur.

Last month, Malaysia initially banned Muslims from attending a concert by US band Black Eyed Peas, because it was sponsored by alcohol company Guinness.

The ban was later reversed, but a senior official said it was up to each individual's "better judgment" whether or not to attend the event.



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