Local song contest Anugerah Juara Lagu postponed due to MCO 2.0

The highly-anticipated annual music event was originally slated to take place on Feb 7. Photo: Filepic

At the first quarter of each year, local music fans tune into the prestigious song competition Anugerah Juara Lagu (AJL) to see if their favourite songs will be named Best Song.

Unfortunately, fans will have to wait a little longer this year.

Originally slated to take place on Feb 7, this year's AJL has been postponed indefinitely following the government's orders to reinstate the movement control order (MCO).

Six states will undergo MCO beginning Jan 13 to 26 including Selangor, which is where the competition was set to broadcast live.

"The 14-day MCO makes it hard for us to adequately prepare for the show. There's a lot that goes into setting up the stage, for example," CEO of Media Prima Television Networks Datuk Khairul Anwar Salleh said in a press statement.

"So for the sake of everyone's safety, we have decided to postpone the competition to a new date, which we will announce as soon as MCO ends."

AJL is a prestigious song competition which sees 12 popular songs of the year – including Datuk Seri Siti Nurhaliza's Aku Bidadari Syurgamu and Nabila Razali's Peluang Kedua – duke it out in front of a panel of music experts for the title, Best Song.

Its semi-finals round, Muzik Muzik, experienced a hiccup last November when singer Alif Satar tested positive for Covid-19 just days after his performance.

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