Dressing Beyoncé

In advance of promised protests from Islamic groups about Beyoncé’s Oct. 25 Malaysia concert, show organizer Marctensia has attempted to throw water on the hot topic by announcing it has reached an “amicable understanding” with the singer regarding her costumes.

The company, however, would not give further details.

“We are confident that Beyoncé’s concert will put Malaysia on track in presenting A-list international pop concerts and further boost tourism,” the company’s media liaison officer, Goh Hoke Leng, told the Star Online, adding that every citizen has a right to express his or her view.

“However, we choose to reserve further comments on their statement,” she said, referring to comments from representatives of Muslim groups who have condemned the concert.

One representative, however, has insisted that while they will protest the concert to the government, they have no plans to disrupt it.

“We are not against entertainment as long as it is within the framework of our culture and our religion,” said Sabki Yusof of PAS Youth. “We are against sexy performances. We don’t think our people need that.”