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KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 1:

Artistes that want to perform in the country must get the clearance from relevant authorities before selling tickets for the show.

Deputy Communications And Multimedia Minister Datuk Jailani Johari toldThe Rakyat Post, there was a process and guideline to getting this approval that the concert promoter must follow.

“Looking back at previous cancellations and even the incident in Selangor (FMFA) we don’t want any repeats,” he said, referring to the death of six people due to methamphetamine overdose at the Future Music Festival Asia (FMFA) 2014 at Bukit Jalil Stadium, recently.

“There is ample time for the promoters to adhere to these guidelines and comply with our requirements,” he said, pointing out that tickets should not be sold before these conditions are met.

“If they are using a stadium, they must get authorities to approve it as well. They must comply with these guidelines to make sure safety and due diligence is carried out before hosting the concert,” he said.

He added that a concert in the magnitude of Carey would spark a lot of fan attention.

“Therefore it would be a responsible move for them to get the approvals and represent her in the best manner,” he said.

Today there was a report inThe Starthat a new Malaysian concert promoter won a price bidding war to get Carey to perform in Malaysia on Oct 22 at Stadium Merdeka, ahead of Singapore and the Philippines.

Malaysia had made international news time and time again for banning concert shows due to the strict rules imposed on performers, especially females.

Beyonce pulled out of a concert in Malaysia in 2007, just a few weeks after Gwen Stefani refused to adhere to cover up her dressing.

Malaysia had also banned the Lamb of God from performing here after calling their music satanic.

Erykah Badu’s concert was cancelled after an alleged “offensive photo” of her sprayed on tattoo of the word “Allah”, was published byThe Starnewspaper.

The Pussycat Dolls who performed here in 2006 also caused controversy after their promoters were fined for allowing them to perform “explicit” routines.

Singer Kesha had her Malaysian concert cancelled at the last minute after the authorities banned her from performing citing issues with religious and cultural sensitivities.

Tickets had already been sold and the promoter endured losses of more than RM1 million.

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