Officials in Malaysia on Monday announced the cancellation of the sixth annual Better Beer Festival, set to take place in Kuala Lumpur the first week of October, citing complaints from the Pan-Malaysian Islamic party (PAS).
Organizers of the event, MyBeer, say the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) rejected their application for a permit over the festival's "political sensitivity."
"At our meeting with DBKL officials, we were instructed to cancel our event as there are issues with the licensing," a statement from MyBeer said. "We were further informed that the decision was made due to the political sensitivity surrounding the event."
Earlier this month, PAS central committee member Riduan Mohd Nor stated police would not be able to ensure "that such events would not lead to criminal acts, rape and free sex," reports Reuters.
Nor additionally condemned the festival saying it would turn the Malaysian capital into "the largest vice center in Asia."
"It is something that is shameful for an Islamic country like Malaysia," Nor stated, according to The Telegraph.
A campaign on Facebook was also reportedly launched opposing the festival.