Postponed or Cancelled: Beyonce's Concert in Malaysia

  Beyonce Knowles's concert planned for Oct. 25 at a Kuala Lumpur stadium has been postponed to an unnknown date, "to be announced shortly"  following accusations by Islamic conservatives that the show would be immoral.

   The R&B star, Knowles, is known for her provocative clothes and choreography, what has probably become the reason of the concert's delay , though a Malaysian entertainment company Marctensia said in a statement, that "the postponement is  solely (the) decision of the artist and has nothing to do with other external reasons."

  The more evident reason is the criticism , from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, the country's largest opposition group, that Beyonce Knowles has been the object for the supposed promoting of  "Western sexy performances."

   It's not the first time the star has cancelled her performace in Malaysia - Knowles had to do it in 2007 following protest threats by the opposition Islamic party. At the time,the comments by her talent agency ran that the show was called off due to a scheduling conflict.

  Instead, Knowles went to Indonesia, also a largely Muslim country, with less stringent rules about how performers should dress and behave. The government rules of Malaysia require the female artists to cover up from the shoulders to knees, with no naked body showing.

 The possible aswer to the problem might be wearing an appropriate outfit as other female pop stars including Avril Lavigne and Gwen Stefani have previously done, wearing stage clothes that revealed little skin.

   Anyhow, according to many  entertainment industry officials, the strict regulations and frequent controversies have already discouraged many international artists from visiting Malaysia.

The Associated Press has contributed to the report.

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