An upset Sultan of Selangor has threatened to call off future Sultan of Selangor Cup matches between his state and Singapore if the protest by the state PAS Youth against two artistes performing for the event went ahead.
State PAS Youth chief Sallehen Mokhyi said the movement felt that performances by the singers were inappropriate as it would be attended by many youngsters. This shows how outdated Sallehen has become. If Mas Idayu and Ella are not appropriate, he should not expect youngsters to turn up in big numbers to watch nasyid groups too. Sallehen should turn on the TV to watch Akademi Fantasia when he has the time to better understand youth's psyche.
Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah described the protest over rock queen Ella and dangdut singer Mas Idayu as “hypocritical” and “trivial”. He said there were more important issues that the party could focus on.
Rightly said, the party has since called for an introduction of Islamic law and governance in all PR led states. Penang CM Lim Guan Eng said there was no memorandum from PAS on the Islamic state request.
Sallehen’s call came on the heels of a statement by national PAS Youth vice-chief Azman Shapawi that the party wanted all the Pakatan Rakyat states to implement Syariah laws.
DAP, usually vocal on such announcements, is quite muted this time. The party may not want to antagonize its PR partner. However, the party should take cognisance of its poor electoral performance in 1999 as a lesson.
The Sultan has threatened to bring the cup to Singapore instead.