Sunday, April 24, 2011

Malaysian clerics approve 'poco-poco' line dance

Malaysian Bloggers : KUALA LUMPUR - MALAYSIANS will be allowed to perform a controversial 'poco-poco' line dance after top clerics ruled that its benefits to health outweigh concerns about taste and decency.

The decision came after a mufti in the predominantly Muslim nation outlawed the dance in his state, saying it amounted to cult practices and that its crossed-shaped movement was associated with Christianity.

However, Abdul Shukor Husin, chairman of the country's National Fatwa Council, said Islamic experts had decided against a ban, paving the way for its free use.

'If they can adhere to the regulations... and if it can bring about positive impact to health, then we have no objection on that matter,' he was quoted as saying by Bernama news agency after chairing a special meeting on Friday.

Muslim women, however, have been reminded to not wear sexy clothes or to mix freely with men while dancing.

Harussani Zakaria, an elderly mufti from the northern state of Perak, declared that the 'poco-poco' dance violated Islamic law and banned it. 
-- AFP

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