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Malaysian party seeks Stefani ban

August 18, 2007|From the Associated Press

Malaysia's Islamic opposition party demanded Friday that Gwen Stefani be forbidden from performing in the country, saying the U.S. pop singer would corrupt the youth of the Muslim-majority nation.

Kamarulzaman Mohamed, an official of the fundamentalist Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party, said Stefani's Aug. 21 concert in Kuala Lumpur would promote promiscuity, worsening an existing "teenage social problem."

"The issue is that Gwen Stefani brings with her a bad image. The way she dances, the way she dresses -- it's not proper," he said in an interview. "When our teenagers see this, it will induce them to behave improperly."

The party's protest is unlikely to have any effect; preparations for the concert are well underway. Stefani already has promised to dress modestly.

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