17 Jul '11, 5am

Malaysian state's plan to close all bars and 'entertainment' during the Muslim fasting month scrapped.

KUALA LUMPUR - A MALAYSIAN state controlled by an Islamic opposition party has dropped a plan to force bars, discos and karaoke clubs to close during the Muslim fasting month, an official said Sunday. Northern Kedah state, which includes the popular resort island of Langkawi, decided in May to ban all entertainment during Ramadan next month, said an official from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS), which runs the state. However the plan drew criticism from entertainment outlet operators, as well as the party's opposition allies, who feared a blanket ban would alienate their non-Muslim voters. The Kedah official said the controversy had been resolved after the state's chief minister met entertainment representatives on Saturday and agreed to allow them to operate as long as they make sure no Muslims enter their premises. 'For Muslims, we have to make special treatment be...

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