Malaysia’s government threatens to pull plug on Coldplay gig after The 1975 controversy
Posted by  badge Boss on Nov 22, 2023 - 12:56PM
Coldplay’s Malaysia concert is at risk (Picture: Samir Hussein/Redferns)

’s concert in Malaysia can be stopped by organisers if the band misbehaves, a minister said, as the rejected conservatives’ calls to cancel the show.

Led by the country’s opposition bloc, Muslim conservatives have protested against the concert over Coldplay’s support for the LGBTQ+ community.

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Communication and digital minister Fahmi Fadzil said he does not foresee any problem with Coldplay’s first concert in Malaysia on Wednesday (November 22).

Security has been beefed up for the show that is expected to bring some 75,000 people to a stadium outside Kuala Lumpur.

When asked if a ‘kill switch’ to cut off power supply will be used, Mr Fahmi said: ‘Yes, it’s one of the things we have discussed with the organiser.

Chris Martin and co. could have their power cut mid-gig if they ‘misbehave’ (Picture: Kevin Mazur/AMA2015/WireImage)

‘The Prime Minister has also said the band, you know, is very supportive of Palestine. So, we are upbeat about the concert today,’ he added.

Malaysia introduced the kill switch measure recently after a in Kuala Lumpur in July.

The band’s lead singer, Matty Healy, and kissed a male bandmate, Ross MacDonald, during their performance, among Muslims and prompting the government to cut short a three-day music festival.

Prime Minister Anwar Ibrahim has justified allowingtelling on Tuesday that ‘Coldplay is actually among the bands that support Palestine’.

He noted that the previous administration, before he took power in November 2022, had approved the concert. Mr Anwar said pro-Palestinian groups also approached his office in support of

The opposition Islamic party PAS has criticised Mr Anwar’s stance. While Coldplay supports the Palestinian cause, it also encourages hedonism, said its information chief Ahmad Fadhli Shaari.

The Yellow hitmakers are expected to pull in a crowd of over 70,000 (Picture: David Becker/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

‘This is not about whether they purely support the Palestinian cause or not, but the issue of hedonism culture that they bring to our community,’ he said in Parliament.

PAS, which has expanded its influence following strong Muslim support in the 2022 elections, often protests against concerts by international artists that it said were incompatible with Muslim values.

Concert organiser Live Nation Malaysia issued a statement to concert-goers a few days ago, reminding them to be ‘mindful of local cultures and sensitivities’ and refrain from displaying props or items that may cause discomfort to others.

Police have warned the public to refrain from any sort of provocation and inciting unrest at the concert, which is part of Coldplay’s

Coldplay also met with resistance from Muslims when they performed in Indonesia earlier this month.

Matty Healy sparked outrage with his antics in Malaysia just months back (Picture: Matthew Baker/Getty Images)
He protested against anti-gay legislation by kissing The 1975 bandmate Ross MacDonald (Picture: Shirlaine Forrest/Getty Images)

Protesters held rallies right up to the day of its concert, slamming the band as an LGBTQ+ ‘propagandist’ whose stance damages ‘faith and morals’.

Coldplay is renowned for interlacing its values with its shows, such as the band’s push for environmental .

Lead singer Chris Martin has been known to wear rainbow colours and wave gay pride flags during performances.