Kuala Lumpur, Jan 12 – Ikatan Muslimin Malaysia (Isma) claims that Malay girls were ”molested” by one such band. They also suggest that these Korean pop artistes from the Christian majority nation may be using their music to covertly spread the religion.
“Most of them (K-Pop artists) were gospel church singers when they were in their teens before becoming popular.
“Some even say that the K-Pop genre is an evolution of the Korean Contemporary Christian Music (KCCM) which started in the 1970s,” Isma’s article quoted A. Karim Omar, the secretary-general of another Malay NGO Pertubuhan Muafakat Sejahtera Malaysia (Muafakat) saying.
Karim also cited unsubstantiated research saying that about 80% of the K-Pop artist are practising Christians because is the only country in the region which has a majority Christian population. Isma quoted Karim further saying that South Korea has the second largest population of Christian evangelists.
The event organisers have denied claims that the artists had molested three tudung Malay fans on stage last Saturday night. The company said that they were against sexual harassment as the event company was run mostly by women. This was after thousands of angry Internet users to share and comment on a three minute viral video where the artists started hugging and embracing the Malay girls on stage.
TGM events said, “As a company run primarily by women, we do not and never will condone molestation or sexual harassment as alleged by the media outlet.
“The terminology used was taken out of context and it is extremely disappointing to us to witness an act of such irresponsible journalism,” said the statement, referring to the video.