Deputy Communications and Digital Minister Teo Nie Ching (Pakatan Harapan-Pulai) said it is to put an immediate stop to any inappropriate incidents that might take place during a show.
The instruction was issued after rock band The 1975’s frontman Matt Healy pulled several controversial acts during its set at Good Vibes Festival 2023 in July this year.
“This is a new guideline after the incident (involving The 1975). We hope with stricter guidelines, foreign artistes (will respect) local culture,” she said in the Dewan Rakyat today.
Teo was responding to Zulkifli Ismail (Perikatan Nasional-Jasin) who asked about the government’s actions following the incident.
Apart from the “kill switch”, the police and the central committee for the application for filming and performance by foreign artistes (Puspal) would carry out background checks on those seeking to perform in Malaysia.
She added that both agencies as well as the Immigration Department and local authorities would also send representatives to monitor such events.
The 1975 was one of the headliners for the three-day festival, but following Healy’s stunt, the remaining two days of the event were cancelled.
Healy allegedly held a bottle believed to contain an alcoholic beverage on stage and launched into an expletive-riddled tirade against Malaysia’s laws relating to LGBT before kissing his male band member.
Netizens also alleged online that Healy spat onstage and damaged a camera drone operated by the festival crew. – Malaysiakini