The Asian leg of Beyoncé’s “I am…” tour will touch down in Kuala Lumpur’s Bukit Jalil National Stadium Oct. 25, according to the show’s local organizer, Marctensia.
It will be the first time Beyoncé will perform in Malaysia.
Two years ago, she was scheduled to appear in the nation’s capital but the concert was canceled because of pressure from the government and Muslim groups regarding the singer’s image, though publicly the reason for the cancellation was a “scheduling conflict.”
Local media reported at the time that Beyoncé refused to follow the government’s strict dress code, which prohibits revealing outfits for public performances. Instead, Beyoncé moved the concert to neighboring Indonesia.
Beyoncé said that she made a “major sacrifice” by agreeing to the dress guidelines because she wanted her Malaysian fans to see her show.
However, the concert isn’t a sure thing just yet. Nasrudin Tantawi, the head of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) that protested the previous Beyoncé concert, told AFP that the group “opposes the holding of such concerts and we will take action to prevent such a concert from taking place in Malaysia.
“This performance is not suitable for Muslims as her skimpy attire and behavior onstage are immoral and lead to unclean behavior.”