Heavy metal giants Megadeth cave to Muslim pressure in Malaysia

Source: Malaysia: Metal giants Megadeth cave to Muslim pressure

LOS ANGELES heavy metal band Megadeth agreed to cut songs that were potentially “offensive” to Muslims after the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS) Youth group voiced its objection to them touring the country.Tweeting on Thursday before the band’s show, frontman Dave Mustaine responded to a fan informing him there would be no PAS Youth protest: “Thank you. If there is a song that offends Malaysians or their faith, please tell me. I wish to offend no one here. We cut songs for China.”

Megadeth, whose Malaysian promotion company for the Dystopia World Tour says is “credited with popularising [heavy metal],” were previously banned from playing in the country in 2001.

“Kuala Lumpur is somewhere I’ve always wanted to hit when we’ve been trekking through Asia,” said Mustaine in a recent interview.

“They’re going to let us bring our brand of metal music, it’s really rewarding.”

Yet the conservative PAS Youth spoke out against the band’s tour this week. Information chief Hishamuddin Abdul Karim issued a statement which read: “PAS Youth is questioning the authorities’ resolve in addressing this event, when they so clearly tout the Islamic entertainment guidelines.”

Some netizens responded to the controversy on Thursday afternoon, including one man who claimed it was a “political plot [by PAS] to make their name.”

7 thoughts on “Heavy metal giants Megadeth cave to Muslim pressure in Malaysia

  1. I Love Megadeth and have seen them in Concert in Yokohama, Japan when they played in a Ex-Wedding Hall and even got to talk to many of the Roadies. While I believe that cutting songs for an audience for this type of reason is wrong, if they did not they would not be allowed to play in many countries, period. Bands have to make physical stage adjustments for the venue as well as song adjustments for the audience all the time. The reasons may be different this time but the fact that they get to play and get people interested in their music helps. The fans will get the music uncut there just not at the concert. I’ve been to Kuala Lumpur a couple times and you can have a good time. Just stay away from the ” Super San Miguel ” beer as it has formaldehyde in it and will give you the worst hang over ever. Found that out the hard way.

  2. Funny isn’t it? When Islam and the Left demand speech be censored, the world caves to the demands. But when the sane of the world demands Islam abandon misogyny and murder, a bomb goes off in a crowded market or a truck plows into a Christian celebration. Screw Islam. Screw Allah. Screw Mohammed. And screw the Left.

  3. This is an absurdity! A born travesty in the light of GOD! Why should the whole planet bow to sharia law? I tip my hat to MEGADETH but this is NOT a taylor made to suit 1 religion country. Heres an idea, if you dont like what you hear, dont listen to it! I dont care if your musulim, christian, islamic, hic, baptist, or jewish. Grow up islam!

If sharia law continues spreading, you'll have less and less freedom of speech - so speak while you can!

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