Young girls dressed in Japanese kimonos dance to music during a celebration of the Bon Odori festival in Kuala Lumpur in 1999. Photo: AFP
Young girls dressed in Japanese kimonos dance to music during a celebration of the Bon Odori festival in Kuala Lumpur in 1999. Photo: AFP
Malaysia

Bon Odori Festival: Malaysian minister tells Muslims to avoid ‘un-Islamic’ Japanese dance event

  • The Bon Odori Festival to be held in Shah Alam contains elements that ‘could affect our religion and beliefs’, Islamic affairs minister Idris Ahmad said
  • A councillor in the Selangor state capital responded to Idris’ remarks by slamming his Pan Islamic Party for its ‘ignorance’ of Malaysia’s cultural diversity

Young girls dressed in Japanese kimonos dance to music during a celebration of the Bon Odori festival in Kuala Lumpur in 1999. Photo: AFP
Young girls dressed in Japanese kimonos dance to music during a celebration of the Bon Odori festival in Kuala Lumpur in 1999. Photo: AFP
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