Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Selangor Sultan, PAS Youth, Ella, Mas Idayu

Wednesday June 18, 2008

Sultan to PAS: Call off protest or I call off matches


SHAH ALAM: 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.

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.

Subject of controversy: Ella has spoken out against Selangor PAS Youth which she feels is being judgmental of her and singer Mas Idayu (below, left).

“If this is going to be so difficult, we might as well hold this annual event in Singapore. I am sure they will be more than happy to play host,” he told The Star yesterday.

On Monday, Selangor PAS Youth submitted a memoradum to the Selangor Mentri Besar’s office to protest against plans to have Ella and Mas Idayu perform at the match on July 6.

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.

The youth wing threatened to stage a demonstration at the Shah Alam Stadium if Ella and Mas Idayu were allowed to performed.

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.

The Sultan said yesterday Ella and Mas Idayu were chosen because they were good entertainers and that the organisers felt that they would be able to entertain the people before the match began.

The other singer is David Arumugam of Alleycats.

“The organising committee even planned for the performance by the singers to end before the maghrib prayers. They are performers suitable for the family and I don’t know what the fuss is all about,” he said.

The Tuanku said Selangor did not comprise of “just PAS and Muslims,” adding that the state had many political parties and people of other races and faith.

He said Pakatan Rakyat was a multi-racial coalition and the sensitivities of other races must be taken into account.

“The idea of holding the performance is to create goodwill and bring the people together before the match. Sports and music bring people together,” he said.

He added this was the seventh edition of the Cup and was organised to enhance friendly ties with Singapore through football, adding that the history of Selangor and Singapore’s friendly rivalry went back to before the Second World War.

The Sultan also clarified that the state government and its subsidiary Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd were not the sponsors of the match.

He said no government funds were used for the organisation of the match and so the issue of public funds for the performance and football match did not arise as it was all done through sponsorship.

He said organising chairman Datuk Karim Munisar, who is Kumpulan Darul Ehsan Bhd president, was appointed by him to run the event annually because of Karim’s love for football and volunteerism.

Wednesday June 18, 2008

Ella disappointed with PAS Youth


PETALING JAYA: Rock queen Ella is disappointed and angry at Selangor PAS Youth for seeking to prevent her and dangdut legend Mas Idayu from performing at the Sultan of Selangor Cup on July 6.

“They are judging me and making baseless accusations. No one can ever judge anybody. Only God can judge us,” she said yesterday.

“I have never broken any regulation when it comes to concerts and public events. I always follow the protocols. In fact, my show costumes are always in accordance to the theme of the event,” she told The Star.

“I am a public figure and a Muslim. I know exactly what to wear and what not to wear,” she said when commenting on movement's memorandum calling on the two singers to be dropped.

Ella said that she had no intention of becoming a bad example to youth.

“The kids are not stupid. They know how to think for themselves. We are living in a modern world today and the kids are exposed enough to know what is right and wrong,” she said.

Mas Idayu could not be reached for comments.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

What lah Pas? At this juncture you already want to behave like the unscrupulous pencegah maksiat. Like this you want Malaysians to support PR ah?

Easy man, there are plenty of more pressing issues at hand to handle lah. Aiyo! Like this mati lah harapan PR to take over.

Whats wrong with exposure to Ella etc? Next time you ban rock artists like Ramli Sarip too. I can vouch that Ramli is a better Muslim than most of you Pas guys.

Muslims in Malaysia are exposed to pork. Agree? We see it in Chinese restaurants, weddings etc. Do you know any Muslim here who eat pork? But in Muslim countries where pork is unseen, people from these countries more readily eat pork overseas. An example, an Iraqi Muslim doctor doing post-graduate in London was eating bacon. When informed about its content, he gleefully said that in his country cannot get this food.

Think about it lah you Pas people, dont be 'katak bawah tempurung' lah, especially regarding your Islamic values. Theres a lot more to Islam than that. Please dakwah on having a clean heart, not take other peoples property (corrupt) and dont play fool with God because he hates it.

Note: An example of play fool with God is that though you portray a pious personality, regularly seen praying, haj and so forth but you also commit acts that He has forbidden