Rejecting a proposal to cancel or outlaw this week’s Coldplay concert in the Malaysian capital, Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim stated that the British band is just one of many rock groups that back the Palestinian cause.
Anwar was answering a question regarding a request from Muslim conservatives to forbid the concert on the grounds that it is “inappropriate,” made by Bersatu MP Wan Ahmad Fayhsal Wan Ahmad Kamal of Machang.
During Prime Minister’s Question Time in the Dewan Rakyat, Anwar stated, “Coldplay is actually among the bands that support Palestine.”
The federal Opposition bloc Perikatan Nasional (PN), and particularly its Islamist branch PAS, have been advocating for the cancellation of Coldplay’s highly anticipated concert in Kuala Lumpur.
Amid a convoluted political environment, politicians from the Palestinian National Organization (PN) purposefully associate the upcoming music event with the Middle East crisis in order to cast doubt on the Anwar administration’s dedication to Palestinian issues.
Over 11,000 Palestinians have died in Gaza as a result of Israeli bombardment since October 7, adding tragically to the ongoing conflict’s toll. It is disturbing to note that women and children are among the victims in excess of half. The story surrounding the concert highlights the delicate balance between cultural expression and geopolitical realities as the political discourse entwines with global events, thereby igniting a broader conversation on the intersection of entertainment and humanitarian issues.