A planned concert by U.S. pop singer Ke$ha was cancelled hours before it kick-off after the authorities said it was culturally and religiously sensitives.
Concert organizer Livescape said it received a letter about the decision on the eve of the show that was to be held Saturday at a Kuala Lumpur stadium.
“For full disclosure, our application was submitted on Sept 10, 2013. The official letter rejecting our application was only sent to us at 11:24am Friday alongside two backdated letters rejecting our application dated Oct 1 and Oct 18,” said head of PR for Livescape Jason Kong as quoted in The Star.
“As of the time this statement was written, we have yet to receive an official explanation on the reasons for the cancellation of the Ke$ha Warrior Tour.
“Livescape would like to go on record to state that we have always adhered to all guidelines set forth by Puspal (Foreign Artists’ Film Screening and Performance central agency),” Livespace statement said, adding that the decision had caused organisers to lose “RM1.1mil overnight”.
Last month, Malaysian officials also barred a performance by American metal band Lamb of God, accusing the Grammy-nominated group’s work of being blasphemous.
Ke$ha and her team had previously agreed to modify their planned show in Malaysia, including making changes to her song lyrics and wardrobe, to comply with the government’s general guidelines for performers, Livescape said in its statement.