Compensate 'Thirst' ticket holders, S'gor urged

The Selangor government should compensate ticket holders for Thirst 2015 after cancelling the concert at the eleventh hour, said Gerakan Youth chief Tan Keng Liang.

He said ticket holders are only able to obtain a refund for the ticket but other expenses - such as travel and accomodation - are not covered.

Tan (right) added this would be unfair the affected concert goers for what is essentially a "blunder" by the Selangor government.

"The worst thing is cancelling the event at the last minute. If I had bought already paid for my hotel and flight, who is going to pay for my losses?

"The organisers are only obligated to refund the price of admission, because there is usually an exclusion liability clause when purchasing the ticket.

"Thus, it would be appropriate for the Selangor government to compensate affected individuals for their losses, if they can come up with proof, such as a receipt," he told Malaysiakini.

MPSJ should have checked facts

Tan was commenting on the last minute cancellation of Thirst 2015 which was supposed to have taken place on Saturday.

Despite having the go-ahead from the relevant authorities, the police sent a letter to the Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) on Friday afternoon to state its reservations for the event,

This prompted the council to withdraw the relevant paperwork for the organisers.

It was later revealed that the police had acted on a complaint by Seri Serdang state assemblyperson Noor Hanim Ismail (left).

The event venue - Mines International Exhibition and Convention Centre - is not part of her constituency.

On alleged factual errors in Noor Hanim's written complaints to the authorities, Tan said it was irrelevant, as MPSJ should have checked the facts before deciding.

"If MPSJ felt there was a problem, then they shouldn't have issued the permit on April 22 in the first place," he said.



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