Malaysia Bans Muslims From Attending Black Eyed Peas Concert
The Malaysian government has banned Muslims from attending an upcoming Black Eyed Peas concert outside of Kuala Lumpur. The September 25 concert is sponsored by Guinness as a celebration of the 250th anniversary of the Guinness brewery in Dublin, Ireland. The official website for the event reads, "the party is only open to non-Muslims aged 18 years and above."
Of Malaysia’s 25 million people, 60 percent are Muslim; Islamic law forbids the consumption of alcohol. An official at the Ministry of Information, Communication and Culture in Malaysia told The A.P. that government regulations normally prevent alcohol companies from staging concerts, but that an exception had been made in hopes of increasing tourism. “Muslims cannot attend,” the official said. “Non-Muslims can go and have fun.”
Nothing against religion or anything but from a purely business standpoint, wouldn't it make more sense for Guinness to sponsor a concert in a nation where their product is not prohibited for the majority of the population?