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Organizers Confirm ‘Kill Switch’ Agreement for Coldplay Concert Amid Political Controversy : Report

Organizers have officially implemented a ‘kill switch’ arrangement for an upcoming Coldplay concert amidst political controversy. The decision aims to swiftly address any potential disruptions and ensure the event’s smooth execution. This precautionary measure underscores the organizers’ commitment to maintaining a secure environment amid the ongoing political debates surrounding the performance.

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Communication and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil announced today that organizers of the Coldplay concert have agreed to implement a “kill switch” for the event, following protests from Perikatan Nasional (PN) against the government’s decision to allow the concert.

Minister Fahmi expressed confidence in the British band’s support for the Palestinian cause, addressing concerns raised by PN.

“The prime minister has also said the band, you know, is very supportive of Palestine. So, we are upbeat about the concert today,” Fahmi stated during the Digital Transformation Leader’s CxO Summit. He encouraged attendees to use public transport and assured its availability until late.

Last month, the Communications and Digital Ministry instructed organizers of foreign artists’ concerts to include a “kill switch” to prevent a repeat of The 1975’s controversial incident at the Good Vibes Festival 2023.

The 1975’s performance was cut short after the frontman criticized Malaysia’s anti-LGBT laws, leading to the cancellation of the festival.

Deputy Minister Teo Nie Ching explained that the kill switch would cut the power supply to halt the concert if necessary. In anticipation of potential controversies, the police announced that concertgoers at Stadium Bukit Jalil would undergo full body and bag checks at all entrances.

Meanwhile, politicians from PN have linked the Coldplay concert to Middle East affairs, attempting to portray the Anwar administration as indifferent to the Palestinian cause.

Prime Minister Datuk Seri Anwar Ibrahim responded by highlighting Coldplay’s support for the Palestinian cause, countering calls to ban the concert as “inappropriate.”

The political backdrop adds complexity to the cultural event, with heightened security measures in place for tonight’s concert, reflecting both the global resonance of musicians taking a stand and the sensitivities surrounding such expressions in the local context.