There have recently been a number of issues when it comes to the holding of concerts by foreign artistes. There have been calls for the implementation of stricter measures in regards to the things artists can do at their concerts in Malaysia.
Recently, Miri mayor Adam Yii said that domestic and foreign artistes should consider holding their concerts in Sarawak, if they face difficulties in obtaining permits to perform in Peninsular Malaysia.
According to The Borneo Post, Yii, who is also Pujut assemblyman said Sarawak is less strict when it comes to staging concerts compared to states in Peninsular Malaysia, although organisers would still have to ensure that local customs and sensitivities are respected.
“If (concert) permits cannot be obtained in Peninsular Malaysia, come to Miri. As mayor of Miri City, I will fully support and assist to ensure the smooth holding of concerts,” he said.
“Artistes should definitely consider Miri as the primary location for holding concerts in Malaysia. We warmly welcome your arrival.”
This was in response to recent remarks by Minister of Tourism, Creative Industry and Performing Arts Datuk Seri Abdul Karim Rahman Hamzah, who said that while Sarawak would not stray far from the federal government’s guideline involving foreign artistes, the state would ‘not be too tight or too strict’.
“If we let everything be determined by the said (federal) guideline, it will be hard. We have our own methods, but our methods are reasonable,” said Abdul Karim.
Meanwhile, Yii said that Sarawak has many pull factors, such as its harmonious atmosphere and tourism attractions, that would appeal to artistes as well as concert goers from all around the world.
“I strongly believe many would be happy to come here and at the same time take the opportunity to travel around Sarawak.”
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