Image copyright AFP Image caption Pictures from the Tattoo Malaysia Expo have gone viral online A Malaysian minister has called a tattoo exhibition “obscene” and ordered an investigation after pictures of half-naked men and women went viral.The minister for tourism, arts and culture said that while a permit was issued, there was no green light…

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Shots from the Tattoo Malaysia Expo have long gone viral on-line

A Malaysian minister has known as a tattoo exhibition “indecent” and ordered an investigation after photos of half of-naked girls and men folks went viral.

The minister for tourism, arts and tradition acknowledged that whereas a permit modified into once issued, there modified into once no inexperienced gentle for any originate of nudity at the occasion.

In modern years, there modified into once elevated debate about Islamic conservatism in Malaysian public lifestyles.

The Tattoo Malaysia Expo drew contributors from some 35 worldwide locations.

It modified into once held over the weekend in the capital, Kuala Lumpur.

The tell has taken yell since 2015, but simplest this twelve months drew criticism from the authorities, which offered “firm crawl” in opposition to the organisers.

“It is no longer capability for the ministry to approve of any programme that accommodates obscenity equivalent to this,” Tourism Minister Mohammadin Ketapi acknowledged in a assertion.

Shots showed intently-tattooed contributors in semi-nude poses. Malaysian media blurred a couple of of the photos.

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Mr Ketapi acknowledged the tell “modified into once no longer Malaysian tradition…when the wide majority of Malaysians are Muslim”.

“We can rely on the plump investigation myth and must peaceable no longer hesitate to acquire friendly crawl if they are realized to had been in violation of role stipulations,” he added.

Spherical 60% of Malaysia’s 32 million of us are Muslim, and critics issue the nation has been transferring in direction of extra non secular conservatism.

A non secular court this twelve months sentenced five men to penitentiary, caning and fines for trying pleased intercourse.

In 2018, two girls folks had been caned for lesbian intercourse in the conservative yell of Terengganu.

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