Objection to concert due to public complaints, says rep

Objection to concert due to public complaints, says rep
Zekry's brother Kamal Syahril said the family was shunted between the police and hospital whenever they asked for the report after his death at the 2014 Future Music Festival Asia.

PETALING JAYA - Pas Seri Serdang assemblyman Noor Hanim Ismail insists she is acting on complaints from the public when opposing the "Thirst 2015: We Are All Stardust" concert.

"I opposed it not just because I'm a Muslim, but I needed to be responsible to my constituents who had voiced their concern too," she said, admitting penning an official complaint letter to the authorities over the matter.

She said she felt compelled to oppose the concert to prevent any untoward incidents similar to that which occurred at Future Music Festival concert at Bukit Jalil in March last year that resulted in six dead from drug overdose.

"I am more concerned about the safety of the people, and it was the authorities who made the decision to cancel it. As an assemblyman, I needed to give my views on this," she said.

An online news portal had reported that Noor Hanim had sent a letter dated Apr 24 to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ), a day before the concert was to take place.

The concert was to be held at the Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre (MIECC) in Seri Kembangan, under the Serdang parliamentary constituency.

In the letter, Noor Hanim said the concert organiser tended to use different company names to apply for permits, but it was always the same people behind the scene.

She then claimed that the organisers were the same people involved in the controversial Bukit Jalil concert and similar activities had been carried out in a programme in SIC Sepang previously.

"The Sepang Municipal Council has blacklisted the organiser for violating the terms and for excessive entertainment. It was suspected that there was widespread use of drugs and other banned substances," she said, describing the concert as a "mega disco".

Noor Hanim, however, acknowledged that the concert's cancellation has earned the ire of her colleagues in DAP, particularly Sri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah and Serdang MP Dr Ong Kian Ming, who had said that the decision was not fair to organisers.

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