PETALING JAYA: Imposing strict guidelines on concert shows will prompt organisers and fans to go to neighbouring countries and cause Malaysia to lose revenue, concert-goers said.
Writer Shalini Dass said implementing such a move for concerts in the country was an ignorant measure and that it was improbable that the minds of youths could be corrupted if they attend concerts.
"How are you even going to enforce this?
"People will just go to Singapore and the Philippines for concerts, and the country is going to lose revenue," she said.
Dass was responding to the move by the Malaysian Islamic Development Department (Jakim) to introduce a new set of guidelines for concerts in Malaysia.
They include segregating males and females in the audience.
Concert-goer Hanis Maketab said the guidelines would prevent international performers from coming here.
"Fans will just go to Singapore. If their favourite band or singers are playing there, they will just go there.
"Why would we want to give up on the economic benefits that the concerts can bring us?" she said.
Hanis also questioned if Jakim was capable of implementing the guidelines.
"Do they have the manpower to implement this?
"There is no point in coming up with rulings and guidelines if they are not going to be implemented," she added.
Hanis said imposing too many rules and regulations would also make people angry.
"I think Jakim means well, but it is going to be impossible to implement," she said.
Translator Nur Nasrah Md Nasir Khan, 27, said Muslims of both genders were not allowed to mix together during public events like concerts.
"But, we live in a multi-cultural society and it is not feasible to implement such rules," she said.
She said the guidelines would not stop her from attending concerts, but she would use her own discretion.
"It would depend on the band or singer. And if they (the organisers) serve alcohol at the concerts, I will not attend," she said.
Student Audrey Lye said it would be a reasonable measure if the guidelines only applied to Muslims, but it would still be difficult to implement it.
"Are you going to have Muslim and non-Muslim zones? The authorities can't even implement the age limit, so how will they implement this?" she asked.
Lye said performers would skip Malaysia if it was going to be too mah-fan (troublesome).
"They have an image to uphold and too many restrictions will only make it difficult for them.
"The same goes for the audience. If it is going to be too difficult, we might as well not have concerts at all," she said.