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KUALA LUMPUR: The Star
Norwegian black metal group Mayhem will not be allowed to perform in Malaysia because it promotes “unacceptable” values, Deputy Cultural, Arts and Heritage Minister Datuk Wong Kam Hoong said.
“I assure you that the ministry will do all it can to prevent this group from coming in,” he said in Parliament yesterday.
He said he had seen the group's song lyrics and felt disgusted by them.
An advertisement had appeared in a local newspaper saying that the group would be performing at an entertainment joint in Kuala Lumpur on Feb 4.
Responding to concerns raised by Idris Haron (BN – Tangga Batu) while winding-up the Budget 2006 debate at committee stage, Wong said Mayhem’s application had not reached Puspa, the agency in charge of allowing foreign groups to perform in Malaysia.
Idris said the group promoted Satanic worship and drug use, as could be seen from its motto “Bringing hell to your doorstep” and their song titles included Carnage, A Time to Die and Deathcrush.
He also said that a group called “Say No to Black Metal” would hold a demonstration if Mayhem was allowed to perform here.