Malay Hindu association raps music band over CD cover

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George Town (Malaysia), Jan.13 (ANI): The Penang branch of the Malaysia Hindu Sangam is upset that a picture of Hindu deity Lord Murugan has been depicted on the cover of a rock album being sold at music stores nationwide.

According to The Star, the state association said the music in the RM38.90 album had nothing to do with Hinduism.

"The 14-track album titled 'Eternity' is by a four-member rock band calling themselves Datura.

Controversial cover: Murugiah showing the album cover of rock band Datura which has picture of Hindu deity Lord Murugan in George Town, Penang, Tuesday. "The cover with the picture of Lord Murugan is not only offensive to the Hindu religion but is also a cheap and degrading sales gimmick," said the state association social and welfare sub-committee chairman P. Murugiah.

He said album producers and marketing agents were using pictures of Hindu deities for commercial gains; and this humiliated the community especially with the Thaipusam festival just around the corner.

Murugiah urged the authorities to ban the CD and to withdraw it from music stores nationwide. (ANI)

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