After repeated delays and postponements in the wake of international travel and entertainment restrictions due to Covid-19, Taiwanese superstar singer Jay Chou is set to finally bring the Malaysian leg of his Carnival World Tour to life this 15th January, 2023.
Upcoming Jay Chou concert stirs up backlash among local football fans
With that said, his upcoming arrival on local shores appears to have caused some consternation recently, after football fans were dismayed to learn that preparations for his live performance at the National Stadium in Bukit Jalil has led to a scarcity of seats for the AFF Cup 2022 semi-final match that will be held tomorrow (January 7th, 2023).
Quoting FAM secretary-general Noor Azman Rahman, local newspaper The New Straits Times reports that tickets for the match have been in short supply after 21,000 seats had to be cordoned off, as the space will be taken up by the stage installation for Jay’s production.
Consequently, only 59,000 tickets will be sold to the public for the AFF semi-finals match, which will see our national team face off against Thailand. Lamenting the disruption, irate soccer aficionados have taken to bombarding Jay’s official social media accounts, urging him to call off his show so that the vacated seats could be freed-up for the sporting event instead.
YB Hannah Yeoh says cancellation of Jay Chou concert is out of the question
Incumbent Youth and Sports Minister YB Hannah Yeoh has since responded on the matter and explained that it would not be feasible to call off Jay Chou’s concert at this late stage, as concert organisers had already booked the space since back in 2019.
1)Booking stadium konsert Jay Chou World Tour dibuat 13 Mac 2019 manakala AFF 2022 oleh FAM dibuat 18 Ogos 2022.
2)Konsert perlu 14 hari pasang pentas oleh 500 krew+185 krew antarabangsa, 45 jentera berat, 200 speaker & 800 lampu. Mereka dah delay 2.5hari bagi ruang AFF pic.twitter.com/45lV5dZLu5
— Hannah Yeoh (@hannahyeoh) January 5, 2023
What’s more, the production itself involved 685 members of crew, 45 heavy machines, 200 speakers, and 800 lights, which will need to be installed within a period of 14 days. It is understood that the concert team had already delayed their set-up works by two days to make room for the football match. In comparison, the FAM (Football Association of Malaysia) had only booked the venue on August 18th, 2022.
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Also read: M’sians can finally buy tickets to Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou’s long-awaited Carnival concert on 1st June!