Monday, September 18, 2017

Malaysia: Muslims ban beer festival as it is not... Islamic

(Kuala Lumpur) Authorities in Malaysia have cancelled an annual beer festival after the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) objected to the event that had been planned for the first weekend of October in the country’s capital. Whilst there are plenty of beer drinkers among the sizable Chinese and Indian minorities, protests against events deemed to be “Western” and unIslamic - such as concerts and festivals involving alcohol - are increasing in Muslim-majority Malaysia.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) stated it had rejected the application for a permit by the organisers of the “Better Beer Festival 2017” to host the event, which would have entered its sixth year and followed it up with a warning:
“If the organisers continue with the event without DBKL’s approval, action will be taken in accordance to existing laws.”
Strange how those who have no problem demanding we respect the rights of Muslims when they are in the minority (Sharia/Halal/Islamic Banking/Holidays/Customs, etc.) have no problem denying similar rights to minorities when they are the majority.