For the second time in her career, Beyonce Knowles has decided to postpone a scheduled concert in Malaysia after Islamic conservatives raised concerns that her show would be immoral, the event’s organizer said Monday.
Bey was scheduled to perform in Kuala Lumpur on Oct. 25, but Malaysian entertainment company Marctensia said Monday that the show “has been postponed to a future date to be announced shortly.”
“The postponement is solely (the) decision of the artist and has nothing to do with other external reasons,” the statement said.
A Marctensia representative wouldn’t say whether the decision was prompted by criticism from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, the country’s largest opposition group, which has called for the show to be scrapped because it would promote “Western sexy performances.”
Knowles also canceled a planned performance in Malaysia in 2007 following protest threats by the opposition Islamic party. At the time, her talent agency said the show was called off due to a scheduling conflict. Instead, the singer went to Indonesia, also a largely Muslim country, which has less stringent rules about how performers should dress and behave.