6 June 2024

According to local media reports, a scheduled performance by Thai men wearing lingerie at a bar in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur next week has triggered controversy, with a senior opposition politician describing it as “immoral and disgusting.”

In response to the questions being raised by the opposition MP, a senior Malaysian official has also objected to the event, dubbed “Thai Hot Guy” [sic].

According to a Facebook post by Malaysia’s “Privacy Club Tun Razak”, the performance is scheduled to have its grand opening night next Thursday “where you can meet and probably dance along with the Thai Hot Guys.”

Yesterday (Wednesday), the opposition PAS party urged the authorities to reconsider the permission granted for the event, which it called “insensitive”, “immoral” and “disgusting”.

PAS secretary-general Takiyuddin Hassan said the event “clearly goes against local values and is insensitive towards Islam as the official religion”.

“What’s more, it’s going to be held during Ramadan,” he said in a statement.

He described the event as “hedonistic” and promoting obscenity and promiscuous sex, based on promotional material translated into English from the original Chinese text.

The opposition raised the issue in the Lower House of the Malaysian parliament, prompting Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister’s Department, Datuk Wilson Ugak Kumbong, to state that the scheduled performance has nothing to with the government’s development plan, known as “Malaysian Madani”.

Meanwhile, Prime Minister Anwar’s political secretary, Azman Abidin, confirmed that the bar in question does not have an entertainment licence. He said authorities are considering whether to take action, if it is found that the organisers have violated any rules and regulations.”