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Malaysia Entertainment Lifestyle Society

Malaysia’s Entertainment Tourism Suffers from Concert Cancellations

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Malaysia lost more than 1 billion ringgit (about 210 million USD) in potential entertainment tourism receipts in 2023, after concerts were scrapped amid stringent government rules and protests from religious groups.

Four concerts were scrapped in 2023, up from the two that were turned down in 2022, the Central Agency for Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes (Puspal) says.

Among the concerts that were not approved in 2023 were those planned for renowned Indian singer Karthik and the arts and music festival Pinkfish Live, featuring American rapper Lil Pump.

Malaysia University of Science and Technology economics professor Geoffrey Williams says “onerous regulations” were to blame. “They create risk and make it more difficult for event organizers to put on shows.”

If the missed gigs had taken place, receipts from entertainment tourism would have been at least 30% higher than the RM2.4 billion received in 2023, local live performance association Arts, Live Festival and Events Association (Alife) reports.

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