Kelantan sticking with ban on ‘Mak Yong’

nik-amar-mak-yongPETALING JAYA: The Kelantan PAS government will not lift its decades-old ban on the performance of the Mak Yong dance despite an appeal by the United Nations (UN).

Deputy Menteri Besar Mohd Amar Nik Abdullah said the state would stick with the ban, imposed a year after PAS took control of the state in the 1990 general election.

“Our policy is not to permit the performance of Mak Yong in Kelantan.

“If anyone wants to stage performances outside Kelantan, we have no problem with that,” he told FMT today.

The UN Special Rapporteur in the field of cultural rights, Karima Bennoune, was reported by Bernama yesterday as urging the Kelantan government to lift the ban on public performances of Mak Yong and other traditional Malay art forms.

“Kelantan has a rich artistic tradition and the restrictions of other traditional art forms like wayang kulit, main puteri and dikir barat must also be lifted,” she said.

She said these art forms with rich traditions should be celebrated and appreciated as they were among the oldest performing arts in the world.