KUALA LUMPUR: Male foreign artistes who intend to perform in Malaysia are not allowed to dress up like women and no performances will be permitted during Islamic holidays, according to the country's updated guidelines on concerts and live shows.
The guidelines are published on the official portal of the Central Agency for Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artists PUSPAL under the Ministry of Communications and Digital.
A member of the PUSPAL Communications team confirmed to CNA on Wednesday that the guidelines have been updated from a previous version of the document published in 2019.
Some of the regulations have loosened some of the conditions for performing concerts and live shows in Malaysia, while others have imposed stricter conditions on performers.
The dress code in the guidelines states that male foreign artistes are prohibited from dressing up and wearing clothes that look like women. These artistes are also prohibited from wearing only underwear when performing.
The PUSPAL guidelines also state that female foreign artistes are not allowed to wear clothes that are too high in the chest area unless permitted by the respective Islamic authorities. These include Islamic celebrations such as Awal Muharram, Maulidur Rasul, Isra Mikraj, Nisfu Sya ban, Nuzul Al-Quran, Hari Raya Aidilfitri and Hari Raya Aidila Aidiladha. During Ramadan, no live performances or concerts are allowed.