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Oktoberfest ad gets banned

A billboard advertising German beer festival Oktoberfest has been banned.

The controversial billboard was scheduled to be launched at a shopping mall this weekend and has since been declared illegal, said The Star in a report.

The report also cited Shah Alam Mayor Datuk Mohd Jaafar Mohd Attan saying that promotional activities of the event which included putting up of the billboard did not received the approval from city council. He told reporters that the Malaysian public has been “advised to be extra careful and sensitive” because of the country’s “multicultural and multi-ethnic society.”

A report by news outlet Sinar Harian said that that the organisers of the Oktoberfest event had put up the billboards without applying for approval from the city council.

Meanwhile, Muslim groups such as Rakyat Malaysia Tolak Konsert Liar are also now currently trying to have the privately-held Malaysia Wine Fiesta 2014 campaign barred. This comes despite the wine fest clearly stating that the event was a private one. The protest comes shortly after Rakyat Malaysia Tolak Konsert Liar raising protests against the Oktoberfest.

(Pictured: The poster features a Bavarian bar maid with her chest coloured off by Rakyat Malaysia Tolak Konsert Liar.)


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