Can Germany be far behind? An annual beer festival held in Malaysia has been canceled following protests by Muslims and security concerns about potential Islamic terrorist attacks at the festival.
Reuters Malaysian authorities scrapped an annual beer festival on Monday after an Islamist party objected to the event that had been planned for the first weekend of October in the country’s capital. Organizers of the event, MyBeer, say the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) rejected their application for a permit over the festival’s “political sensitivity” and “terrorism concerns.”
Though there are plenty of beer drinkers among the sizable Chinese and Indian minorities, protests against events deemed to be “western” and unIslamic – such as concerts and festivals involving alcohol – are common in Muslim-majority Malaysia and are usually led by the Pan-Malaysian Islamic Party (PAS).
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said in a short statement on Monday that it has rejected the application for a permit by the organizers of the “Better Beer Festival 2017” to host the event, which would have entered its sixth year. A member of PAS’ central committee, Riduan Mohd Nor, said in a statement on Sept. 10 that there is no guarantee that such events would not lead to criminal acts, rape and free sex.
The festival, which would have taken place from October 6-7, was expected to draw some 6,000 participants, and would have featured over 250 craft beers from 43 independent brewers spanning 12 countries,” reports Newsweek. The Telegraph notes the cancellation of the beer festival is the “latest sign of creeping sharia in Malaysia, where about 60% of more than 30 million inhabitants are Muslim.”
ISRAEL, on the other hand, holds its Beer Festival on the site of an old Muslim cemetery.
In Germany, the wildly popular annual beer festival, Oktoberfest, is at risk of cancellation. Attendance numbers have been reduced by half ever since the Muslim invasion has spiked fears of Islamic terrorist attacks at locations with large gatherings of people.