by HARIZAH KAMEL / pic source: Biography.com
DUE to the enormous coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) outbreak, the Kenny G Concert Live in Malaysia 2020 and Miriam Yeung “My Beautiful Live” World Tour in Kuala Lumpur have been postponed.
Concert organiser Star Planet Sdn Bhd said in a statement yesterday that the concerts had to be held at later dates to protect the health and safety of those involved.
“After much consideration, we have come into mutual agreements with respective artist managements to postpone the Malaysia gigs, which are made in view of protecting the health and safety of the artists, performers, patrons and staff.
“This decision has been reached in response to the health authorities’ and worldwide efforts in taking preventative measures to curb and contain the escalating Covid-19 epidemic,” it said.
The American jazz saxophonist and Hong Kong entertainer’s shows were originally scheduled on Feb 16 and Mar 21 respectively.
“The travel restrictions put in place have caused unforeseen impacts on global logistics affecting the planning of equipment shipping process. Tighter flight and immigration restrictions have also affected the travel schedule of some of Kenny G’s crew members.
“We also take the opportunity to express our apology to fans for the event postponements,” it said.
Star Planet stated that the rescheduled dates will be announced at a later date and the venues are expected to remain unchanged.
Tickets which were already purchased will remain valid after the postponement. Fans are advised to keep their tickets and stay tuned for updates by Star Planet.
Throughout Asia, many events have been cancelled to prevent the spread of the virus.
Recently, the meetings, incentives, conferences and exhibitions industries in Malaysia have been cautious, especially with the arrival of delegates from regions or countries affected by Covid-19.
According to the Asean Briefing website yesterday, the number of Covid-19 cases in Malaysia stood at 18 with six cases transmitted in the country.
The Domestic Trade and Consumer Affairs Ministry has been conducting inspections in Johor Baru to ensure there was no panic buying of essential food and household items by Singaporeans which was made viral on social media platforms.
In the wake of the impact of Covid-19 on major sectors including retail, aviation, and tourism industries, the government will focus on an economic stimulus package to mitigate the situation.
Meanwhile, the World Health Organisation has advised Malaysia to prepare for more Covid-19 cases.
The Health Ministry will form a joint committee with its Singaporean counterparts to control the outbreak in both countries.