Malaysia: Beer festival canceled after objections of Islamist party

Malaysian authorities cancelled a two-day beer festival in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur after an Islamist party complained about the unislamic event, which could lead to criminal acts, rape and free sex.

The Better Beer Festival, which was scheduled for October and has been held since 2012, was expected to draw some 6,000 visitors. With 250 different craft beers from 43 breweries from all over the world, including the USA, Australia, England, Scotland, Belgium, Germany, Denmark, Norway, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam, the organizers planned to organize the biggest festival of its kind in Malaysia

Muslims in Malaysia, which make up over 60 percent of the country's population, often stage protests over events involving alcohol or Western-style music. By law Muslims are prohibited to drink alcohol, but this law does not apply to other religious groups, like Christians or Indian and Chinese minorities.

According to the police, militant groups planned sabotage on the festival. “To avoid any incident beyond our control, the police had to be proactive, by objecting to the organizing of the festival,” Mohamad Fuzi Harun, Inspector-General of Police, said in a statement.

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