By Staff writer
Officials also voted against Halloween events, calling them “unIslamic”
Bahraini MPs yesterday voted to halt all musical performances hosted by government bodies due to the country’s slow economic situation.
Officials called events organised by the Bahrain Authority for Culture and Antiquities (Baca) unnecessary, a waste of state funds and disrespectful to soldiers fighting in Yemen under the Decisive Storm Operation, reported Gulf Daily News.
The MP’s decision is not final, however, as it is yet to be approved by the cabinet.
Furthermore, Islamist MPs said billboards advertising the Bahrain International Music Festival were “provocative.”
“The adverts for the festival are provocative with dancers and musicians and as I have heard there are other musical performances coming up organised by Baca.
"Our military personnel are fighting insurgents in Yemen with death looming over their heads for over a year, without seeing their families, and there are thousands dying in massacres in Iraq and Syria and it is shameful that we are listening to musical performances instead of respecting others feelings,” MP Abdulhaleem Murad said.
“The government says it is in deficit and doesn’t have money to meet people’s needs, while axing meat and electricity subsidies, yet it spends between BD50,000 and BD100,000 each night on such ludicrous performances. When we experienced unrest in 2011 would we have been happy knowing our neighbours were dancing and singing on our wounds and deaths?” Murad added.
MPs also voted in favour of banning all Halloween-related events taking place in the country this weekend.
“Bahrain is a Muslim country for God’s sake and promoting immorality and sleaze in the name of an event that has pagan origins is unacceptable,” said MP Mohammed Al Ammadi.
The Muharraq Municipal Council also held an urgent meeting yesterday to demand the removal of all billboards promoting Halloween.
“All adverts, legal or not, will be removed by the municipality and violators will be referred to the Public Prosecution,” said council chairman Mohammed Al Sinan.