Sunday, June 3, 2012

Sinful K-Pop

I came across a news report in a Malay daily, Sinar Harian that the Youth and Sports Minister had apologized “to all parties if they felt offended with the K-pop performances, which were said to involve indecent clothing”. Ahmad Shabery Cheek was referring to last week's One Million Youths Gathering 2012 – yup, the same event that also saw seventeen Malaysians got hit by a runaway car because of the absence of safety precautions at a drag car race – both were two of the 500-plus activities that were organized in order to “lure” Malaysian youths to go to Putrajaya and “show” their support for Najib Razak.

Ahmad Shabery even promised to be more considerate in future to ensure innocent Malaysians will not be wilfully exposed to demeaning displays of indecency. It seems that Perak mufti Harussani Zakaria was upset and last Tuesday, he criticized the youth event and said that it should not be tainted with foreign artistes who act and dress indecently. Predictably, PAS Youth information chief Riduan Mohd Nor also denounced the performances, labeling them "sinful". I find this kinda funny because how would they know if these acts are smutty or not unless they watched the said Korean acts? And if they did, wouldn’t they be guilty of indulging in sin? Besides, they might consider it shocking and shameless; others might consider it sensual and sexy.

Poor Ahmad Shabery! Being the politician that he is, especially if the barbs came from the pious and the godly, he felt compelled to respond. The organizers should have featured nasyid singers instead but then again, would they have drawn in the crowds?

I also read in The Star (June 02, 2012, p 14) that the three Korean acts consisting of U-Kiss, Teen-Top and Dal Shabet (photo above) were brought in at a cost of RM2.04 million. And the local artistes as well as other types of “entertainment” which were not specified came to another RM1.8 million. This whole Putrajaya event must surely have cost a bomb – there was a mention that the bill amounted to more than RM10 million! And for what purpose other than to make Najib “syiok sendiri” (“feel good”)?

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