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Erykah Badu's Malaysia concert cancelled because of 'insult to Islam Allah' tattoo

Kuala Lumpur, Wed, 29 Feb 2012 ANI

Kuala Lumpur, Feb 29 (ANI): American singer Erykah Badu's concert in Malaysia has been cancelled after a publicity photo showed her having the Arabic word for "Allah" tattooed on her body.


Officials in Malaysia said that Badu's photo published in The Star newspaper was "an insult to Islam".


The Grammy-award winner was due to perform on Wednesday in Kuala Lumpur and is said to be dismayed at the news, The BBC reports.


The Malaysian Culture, Arts and Heritage Ministry said it was not aware of the tattoos when it initially approved the concert.


The ministry later said it is justified in banning Badu's concert because it breaches religious sensitivities and cultural values.


Information Minister Rais Yatim said a government committee had decided to cancel the show because Badu's body art was "an insult to Islam and a very serious offence".


Meanwhile, the Home Ministry has asked The Star to explain why it published the photo.


The Star has already apologised, saying its inclusion in Monday's edition was "inadvertent". (ANI)


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