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Tuesday, 20 February 2018 22:44

Malaysia bans concert by lesbian pop singer Denise Ho

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The concert of Hong Kong's lesbian singer, Denise Ho, has been banned by the Malaysian government.

Indeed, the pop star has been denied a concert that was scheduled for April 14 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia's capital, because of her sexual orientation.

Malaysia's communications and multimedia minister Salleh Said Keruak didn't "clearly" confirm that her license had been refused based on her sexual orientation, but he said that representations must comply with "local values".

Later, an employee of the minister confirmed that Denise's permit was denied because of she's an LGBT activist.

Malaysia prohibits homosexual relationships. Moreover, they can be sentenced to 20 years in prison.

“My dearest friends in Malaysia, I am very sorry,” Denise wrote. “The world is not as progressive as we imagine; that I know. But I would be lying if I said I was not disappointed for being once again turned down for my identity.”

In an official statement, she added: “The unreasonable censorship imposed by the Malaysian government is a major setback to the advocacy [of] diversity and inclusion, which should be embraced and protected at all costs.”

The concert will be refunded but it is, of course, a big disappointment for Denise's fans. The "Dear Dear Dear World" tour will continue. he concerts will take place as planned in Singapore, Taiwan, United States and Canada.

Singer Denise Ho is already blacklisted in mainland China. She is now forbidden to perform in Malaysia.

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