Friday, August 15, 2008
Will Rihanna get to perform in KL?
The word, among show promoters in town, is that Grammy award winner Rihanna (left) has offered to perform in KL. Her agents want the concert to be performed at a stadium as they expect tickets to sell well. But the offer has been sitting on the desk of many local promoters - they fear PAS and the self appointed moral guardians will protest and that DBKL will give in - I thought City Hall is still taking orders from the FT Minister and not the Mullahs. But this is what continued pressure can do.
No promoter want to invest millions of ringgit for a one night show and have it called off at the last minute because some holier-than-thou politicians, masquerading as theologians, decreed that the singer is unsuitable for our "eastern culture." More so, when the PM in waiting from PAS has been declared.
Even dangdut queen Inul Daratista fainted when told that DBKL had submitted to the demands of the men in green. At the rate we are going, KL will be missing the big names when they are in this region. Rod Stewart is said to have turned down an invitation from Genting Highlands to perform because he had been hearing negative news about Malaysia. When the mullahs grumbled about Gwen Stefani, the news made it to the whole of US. It had to take the Sultan of Selangor to issue a royal rebuke when PAS protested against Mas Idayu recently. But how many politicians have the guts to stand up to the theologians? Either they are afraid of losing the Muslim votes or being labelled unIslamic or they have now compromised their political principles because they are in the same coalition.