Malaysian celebrity entrepreneur Datuk Seri Aliff Syukri has been in the news ever since he debuted the music video for his new Hari Raya song, “Kelepok Raya”.
The video sparked a massive debate among local netizens over the appearance of a few feminine male dancers. The controversy surrounding the MV has in turn prompted Religious Affairs Minister, Datuk Idris Ahmad, to voice out his concerns on the matter on his social media. He didn’t specify any names, though it’s obvious that he was referring to Aliff in the post.
In a statement posted on his Facebook, Idris revealed that the music video has been referred to the Department of Islamic Development Malaysia (JAKIM). According to him, the video, which heavily features scenes featuring the male dancers, are not in line with the Eastern culture and also Islamic teachings.
“I try to take this opportunity by urging all Malaysians, and all Muslims in particular, to maintain their sensitivity to matters related to religion, as well as to limit the entertainment that we want to highlight to the community. What’s more, our country is just about to recover from the Covid-19 pandemic that has affected the world,” the politician added in his post.
At the same time, Idris has also called for the video to be removed from all platforms. Additionally, the 58-year-old public figure also suggested for the singer to set the video on private mode for his personal viewing. He then closed his statement by writing, “If there’s an opportunity, maybe I can meet the owner of this video face-to-face. God willing, maybe a lot of things can be shared through the session.”
So far, Aliff has yet to issue his response to the Minister’s call.
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