Taiwanese superstar Jay Chou has responded to the controversy concerning his upcoming concert at Bukit Jalil National Stadium next week.
On his Instagram, Chou urged angry Malaysian football fans not to bombard him with hateful comments about the loss of seats at the National Stadium.
“To Malaysian football fans, I know that you all take football seriously. I have no problem with cooperating and delaying the concert. However, you should ask the football association (Football Association of Malaysia) or venue organiser if they can reschedule.
“Whether or not I delay my concert shouldn’t be a problem, I just want to sing to my fans,” he said, adding that he hopes everyone is happy to come to the concert.
Angry football fans wanted Jay Chou to postpone his concert
Earlier, Chou’s Instagram page was flooded with hateful and racist comments from the supporters of the national team for depriving thousands of fans of the opportunity to cheer for their team during the Asean Football Federation (AFF) Cup semifinal tomorrow (8 January).
Some 21,000 seats have been left vacant for being blocked by a stage for Chou’s concert on 15 January. The National Stadium at Bukit Jalil has a capacity of more than 84,000.
Angry fans told Chou that he was not welcome for a concert in Malaysia and that he was the reason why many football fans were unable to secure match tickets.
At the same time, many also asked him to postpone his concert to another date.
Meanwhile, Youth and Sports Minister Hannah Yeoh also clarified that the National Stadium had been booked by the organisers of a tour by famous Taiwanese artist Jay Chou since March 2019, but his concert that was supposed to take place in 2020 was postponed due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
She added that it involved a large crew and hoped that football fans could accept the fact that it was impossible to change the situation at the stadium.