Petaling Jaya – Chairperson of the Tourism Promotion Board Ng Yen Yen has stood firm against any move to ban Oktoberfest from being celebrated in the country.
Saying the event, which originated from Germany, attracted tourists from all over the world, Ng told The Star, “If Oktberfest is banned, then we can never have any such programmes (which served beer).”
Remarking that the event had never been an issue before, Ng added that it was up to the individual if they wanted to participate in Oktoberfest or not.
She said this in response to calls by PAS’ Temerloh MP Nasrudin Hassan who has been clamouring for a ban on the beer festival saying it was going against Muslim sensitivities.
MP for Shah Alam Khalid Samad however has been the lone voice in PAS who has said Muslims had no right to dictate how non-Muslims live their lives.