Beyonce Knowles has taken it to her official site to confirm her upcoming performance in Malaysia, two years after she was forced to postpone her concert in the Muslim-majority country due to protests of her sexy image and clothing. "Beyonce for the first time ever has decided to make Malaysia part of her 'I am' World Tour," read the announcement on her website.
It is confirmed further that Beyonce will take the stage at a stadium in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's biggest city, on October 25. No further detail has been shared though.
Beyonce Knowles initially planned to hold a concert in Kuala Lumpur on November 1, 2007, but was forced to cancel it due to the country's strict dressing code rules. It was said that the R 'n' B songstress refused to abide with the strict dress code that forbids female performers to reveal skin from chest down.
At that time her talent agency simply said that the show was called off due to a scheduling conflict. Beyonce then moved her canceled show to neighboring country Jakarta, Indonesia which has less stringent rules about how performers should dress and behave.
Commenting on Beyonce's confirmation regarding her forthcoming performance in Kuala Lumpur, Sabki Yusof, youth vice head of the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said Sunday, September 20 that they would send a protest note to the government over the concert. He argued that the government has the "responsibility to protect the people of Malaysia" from what he described as immoral western influences.
"We are not against entertainment as long as it is within the framework of our culture and our religion," Sabki said in a statement. "We are against western sexy performances. We don't think our people need that." Though so, Sabki assured that the group has no plans to disrupt the concert by the time of writing.