KEDAH BANS ALL OPEN - AIR CONCERTS
JITRA, KEDAH: The Kedah Government has decided to disallow all open-air concerts in the state, says its Tourism, Arts and Culture, Youth and Sports, Entreprenuer Development and Cooperatives Committee chairman Mohd Firdaus Ahmad.
He said the decision was made following discussions with Kedah Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor during the recent state executive council meeting.
" I presented the issue in the meeting and the decision made by the state government is to prohibit any open-air concerts in Kedah.
" Some say that the state government does not allow any kind of programme to be organised, don't misunderstand... there is no problem if you want to conduct a programme, but you will not be allowed to have an open-air concert in the programme," he said after officiating the National Sports Day at the Kedah State level here Saturday, October 08, 2022.
He was asked to comment on the outcome of the discussion with the Kedah Menteri Besar on the ban on open-air concerts in Kedah Darul Aman.
" All district officials already know the standard operating procedure (SOP) that has been set, if the requested application is accurate and compliant with the SOP, then the permit to run the programme will be given
" Not everything is prohibited - for example nasyid concerts, busking or programmes that are conducted in a hall or in private - it may still be considered nu district officials," he said.
Muhammad Sanusi in a statement previously had said that any concert which encouraged unethical behavior would not be allowed in Kedah.
The Ban follows the spread of a video recording of a musical group's performance to a group of youth near the Kedah State Art Gallery, which eventually led the crowd to perform various acts including dancing, which caused a sense of uneasiness among the community as it was held not far from the Zahir Mosque.
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