Malaysian Communications Minister: Don't punish K-pop fans, counsel them

Malaysian Communications Minister: Don't punish K-pop fans, counsel them

KUALA LUMPUR - Those involved in the K-pop fiasco last weekend should be given counselling and advice as what had happened on stage was spontaneous, says Datuk Seri Ahmad Shabery Cheek.

The Communications and Multimedia Minister said incidents involving audience often happen out of spontaneity and difficult to manage.

"Sometimes things that we dislike happen and these things should be dealt with by giving advice, not only to the performer but also to those in attendance.

"That is the best option," he told reporters at a press conference after attending a Pos Malaysia function here Thursday.

Ahmad Shabery said a punitive measure was not necessary for every unfavourable incident.

"I believe in Islam, being a preacher is better than being 'qadi' (a judge) or a punisher in everything," he added.

Several tudung-clad girls were hugged by group members of a South Korean band B1A4 in a recent show.

A video clip of the incident has gone viral on social media showing the artistes hugging and kissing a few girls on stage during a performance in Kuala Lumpur.

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