Malaysia ordered an investigation on Monday into tattoo show held in the capital Kuala Lumpur, after pictures of heavily inked men and women circulated on social media in the Muslim-majority nation.
The three-day Tattoo Malaysia Expo, which started last Friday and drew participants from 35 countries, was supported by the Ministry of Tourism, Arts & Culture as declared on the website. The Ministry of Tourism, Arts and Culture said they will take appropriate action against the organizer of Tattoo Malaysia Expo 2019 following the semi-nude modeling seen at the event.
Its Minister Datuk Mohamaddin Ketapi said he had instructed the agency under the ministry, the Malaysia Convention and Exhibition Bureau (MyCeB), to investigate the matter. The expo was first held in 2015 and no such incident had occurred in public earlier and added that the ministry had never given approval for semi-nude modeling.
Mohamaddin said “I understand that it was a closed-door event but it had breached the norms of morality, and I have instructed MyCeB to investigate the matter. Organizing an international event is good for the national tourism industry but not this way, it does not reflect the real Malaysia which is full of manners and morals. It is impossible that the ministry would approve an application which has obscene elements because that is not Malaysian culture.”
He added, “We will wait for a full report from MyCeB and we will not hesitate to take legal action if they are found to have violated the conditions which were set,”.
Meanwhile, MyCEB in a statement said the event organizers have been called in by the Royal Malaysia Police (PDRM).
The statement said “MyCEB supports the organizing of the Tattoo Malaysia Expo 2019 event after reviewing all relevant documents and related approvals from state and local authorities. For any event support approval, organizers are required to comply with all current terms and conditions. MyCEB reserves the right to withdraw any form of support in the event of a breach of the terms by the organizer as it currently does,”.
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