Malaysian Government Official Comments On Black Metal Concert Bust

A Malaysian government official has commented on a recent incident in which over 100 youths were rounded up by police in Seremban for participating in a black metal concert.

According to Malaysia's The Star Online, Pahang Mentri Besar (chief minister) Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob said such culture was not suitable for Malaysian youths as it glorified violence and death.

He said enforcement activities alone could not resolve the problem as awareness against such unhealthy activities must come from the home or school.

"We are also facing a conflict of interest in that if we close down or put a restraint on entertainment centres, it would send out the wrong message," he said.

"So the best way is to create an awareness at home and school by inculcating good moral values in the young," he said, adding that seminar and workshops could be held from time to time to complement the efforts.

He said generally, youths become disoriented when their understanding of the religion was weak.

"In this regard, all parties including parents, teachers and the authorities must work closely together.

"One must not depend only on the other, otherwise our youths would be influenced by negative elements leading to moral decadence," he told reporters after chairing the weekly state exco meeting in Kuantan last Wednesday.

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