Popular Islamic preacher in Malaysia, called PU Syed Bakri, began protesting against the idea of BTS performing in Malaysia.
In an Instagram post, he called BTS a “demonic” group that seeks to mislead the people. He uploaded a screenshot of Russia banning BTS’s concert movies for being “gay”.
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Kita Negara Islam, boleh nak jemput setan² ni dtg. Rusia Negara Kapir pun tahu nak jaga rakyat mereka. Maaf guna kalimah setan, sebab hanya setan yg mahu menyesatkan manusia. Kumpulan ini seperti itu juga. Nilai² apa yg hendak mereka bawa kecuali kesesatan. Yg menjemput kena berfikir cara agama, bukan sekodar logik akal semata². Didik pewaris negara ini dgn agama. PU Syed. #Cuit_cuitSiasahBersamaPUSyed
We’re an Islamic country, can we really invite these demons to come here?
Even Russia, a country of infidels, knows how to look after their people. What value do they bring except to lead people astray?
Educate the country’s next generation using religion.
— PU Syed
He also protested against the Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman’s plans to have BTS hold a concert in Malaysia. He deemed Malaysia needed to be “protected from [BTS] coming to Malaysia” as they’ll impact their “religious dignity, moral impact, impact on society” and more.
He urged the government to find other attractions to bring in tourists.
His posts quickly received backlash from BTS fans and the Muslim community as well. ARMY pointed out how BTS is sensitive towards all religious and cultural differences, while Muslim community members claimed PU Syed should not have used such harsh words to protest BTS.
namjoon talking about palestine is so important to so many of us around the world who weep with pain for our brothers and sisters and friends who have had to endure institutionalised cruelty & murder. my heart always beats for palestine. I’m proud of joon. pic.twitter.com/rJ7o0XbrPP
— san⁷ 🌊 (@rkivekim) February 20, 2019
Funny how nothing came up when bIackpink had a concert in malaysia and suddenly all the islamic kementerian appears when bts is planning on coming
— reez (@truulyseokjin) April 26, 2019
calling bts as a satan won't stop me from stanning them dear maksum PU syed 😘😘😘 the only satan who spread awareness about loving yourself, collab with unicef to against violence yeah what a cool satan. what did u do so far PU syed
— naj w a (@lm______tm) April 29, 2019
Despite the backlash, PU Syed continued to oppose BTS on multiple posts, claiming Satan has “mastered and influenced” them as “Sons of Satan.”
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(ٱسۡتَحۡوَذَ عَلَیۡهِمُ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنُ فَأَنسَىٰهُمۡ ذِكۡرَ ٱللَّهِۚ أُو۟لَـٰۤىِٕكَ حِزۡبُ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنِۚ أَلَاۤ إِنَّ حِزۡبَ ٱلشَّیۡطَـٰنِ هُمُ ٱلۡخَـٰسِرُونَ). Syaitan telah menguasai dan mempengaruhi mereka, sehingga menyebabkan mereka lupa mengingati (ajaran dan amaran) Allah; mereka itulah puak Syaitan. Ketahuilah! Bahawa puak Syaitan itu sebenarnya orang-orang yang rugi. [Surah Al-Mujadila 19]