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By Jane Nambi

Elton John is to make an appearance in a concert in the Malaysian capital on Saturday but the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) is planning on holding a protest against it.

The party is going to protest on grounds that it would promote “hedonism” and because of the his marriage,it could have a negative impact on young Malaysians. “We will use the approach of submitting a memorandum [to the government] to protest against the concert,” PAS Youth chief Nasrudin Hassan Tantawi said.

“This is one of the measures we intend to check social ills in the country. Whatever it takes, we will not let up on our dakwah [preaching of Islam] work and will continually remind all Muslims, particularly youths, not to get involved in matters that can drag them into vice,” he added.

The concert is scheduled to take place at the Arena of Stars in Genting Hills on Saturday evening.