By Jamila Najmuddin
The upcoming concert by R&B star Akon hangs in the balance with the Tourism promotion bureau saying it was looking at the religious sentiments expressed over the concert as well as attempts by anti-Sri Lankan elements to prevent the event from taking place.
Managing Director of the Sri Lanka Tourism Promotions Bureau, Dileep Mudadeniya told Daily Mirror online that the Tourism Ministry was holding discussions with the concerned authorities and after taking into consideration both the aspects, he would make a decision soon.
“There are many anti Sri Lankan elements who are trying to prevent such an international star from coming into the country. But at the same time there are some strong religious sentiments which are being raised. Both aspects are being studied,” Mudadeniya said.
When asked if the bureau was pressurized to reconsider facilitating the concert, Mudadeniya said the ultimate decision they take was not a result of outside pressure.
“There are a lot of concerns but that does not mean we are pressurized by anyone. The decision the minister makes is not a result of any pressure,” Mudadeniya said. Meanwhile the organisers are having discussions with the Tourism Ministry regarding the concert. (Daily Mirror online)