Erykah Badu's concert in Malaysia has been cancelled due to controversial photo of the singer with the Arabic word God, "Allah," on her body. The photo sparked widespread anger among the mostly Muslim country.
"Its an insult to Islam and a very serious offense," Information Minister Rais Yatim said in a statement.more
The photo of Badu had "triggered public criticism that could jeopardize national security and cause a negative impact to the government's image," the statement added.
The Dallas-born singer had already arrived in Malaysia. She can stay as a tourist but will not be allowed to perform, an Information Ministry official said on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to make public statements.