On the Beat | By Wong Chun Wai

You won’t see me in this club

More so when there are men with tight-fitting jeans or shirts unbuttoned to their navels.  

I do not know what message Datuk Nik Abdul Nik Mat is trying to send. He must have the best of intentions but, hey, for sure, many Malaysian males do not want to send the wrong message. 

The Kelantan Mentri Besar has said he has no problem with dancing but it has to be strictly between men and men. And of course, women and women. We can imagine the kind of tourists Kelantan would soon be attracting. 

Many Malaysians must have thought that the state PAS government had come to their senses by proposing a tourist belt where tourists and non-Muslims could have some night entertainment. 

A kind of restricted zone where tourists need to produce their passports or identity cards to gain entrance.  

The 1980s word "disco" was even used, never mind if the term "clubs" are more understood among the young these days. 

It seemed possible as the PAS government appeared to have relaxed the rules by allowing pop concerts, which it had once frowned upon. Never mind if there was still gender segregation at these concerts. 

But State Local Government, Housing and Health Committee chairman Takiyuddin Hassan has now said that he was misquoted and that there were no plans to set up such entertainment outlets for non-Muslims in the state. 

What he had proposed was the setting up of a cultural village near the Pantai Cahaya Bulan stretch to promote tourism in the state. 

On Saturday, Nik Aziz made sure everyone understood that the conservative party was still running the state. 

There would be no alcohol, no mingling between men and women and no showing of the aurat (body parts that must be covered under Islam). 

The Kelantan Mentri Besar said he did not oppose dancing in discos "but it must be between members of the same sex." 

Recently, the Kota Baru Municipal Council decided to fine women working in retail outlets caught wearing "sexy" clothing, which include tight jeans and body fitting blouses, up to RM500. The council also banned the showing of navels. 

It is unlikely that businessmen would take up Nik Aziz's proposal of dancing clubs exclusively for men or women. 

Not only is his idea bizarre but it does not make practical sense.  

The people of Kelantan are also unlikely to take up his suggestion. 

After all, Golok, known for its adult entertainment, is just across the river on the Thai side, so why bother with all these restrictions? 

For the young, there is always the Internet. According to statistics, web surfers in the state topped the list for searching the term "Melayu bogel" (naked Malays) on Google's search engine.  

With so many social and economic problems, including drug addiction and unemployment, Nik Aziz should channel his energy to solving these issues instead of worrying about trivial matters. 

While the younger PAS leaders are attempting to project a moderate and gentler image, the older group is still not letting go of their orthodox brand of politics. 

Some of us will just dismiss the statements by Nik Aziz as part of the party's series of eccentricities but for many of us, this is the kind of government that PAS want to impose on the rest of Malaysia. 

Many of us in our 40s still love listening to the 80s hits by Boy George and George Michael, but an all-men club? Thanks, but no thanks.