Rocker Adam Lambert's upcoming Malaysia
concert is being protested for its promotion of “gay culture,”
The Pan Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS),
Malaysia's Islamist opposition party, on Monday demanded the
“Adam Lambert's shows … are
outrageous, with lewd dancing and a gay performance that includes
kissing male dancers, this is not good for people in our country,”
Nasrudin Hasan, leader of PAS Youth, said.
Sexual relationships between members of
the same sex are outlawed in Malaysia. People convicted of gay sex
face possible fines, long prison sentences and even corporal
PAS has previously protested against
the performances of other American singers deemed too racy for the
Muslim stronghold, including Beyonce, Rihanna, Gwen Stefani, Avril
Lavigne and Mariah Carey.
Lambert is expected to perform Thursday
at the Putra Indoor Stadium in Bukit Jalil, near Kuala Lumpur.
Since coming out gay on the cover of
Rolling Stone last year, Lambert's performances have become
increasingly theatrical. Social conservative groups in the U.S.
protested Lambert's 2009 American Music Awards performance, which
included Lambert kissing his male keyboardist.