The organisers for Taiwanese singer Jay Chou's upcoming concert have booked the Bukit Jalil National Stadium four years in advance, youth and sports minister Hannah Yeoh said in a tweet yesterday (Jan 5).
"The booking for the Jay Chou World Tour was made in March 2019 whereas the Football Association Of Malaysia booked the stadium for AFF 2022 in August 2022," she explained.
The announcement came hours after angry football fans attacked Chou on Instagram over the seat shortages at the stadium.
It is reported that 21,000 seats had to be vacated to accommodate the upcoming concert – rendering it unusable for the match between Malaysia and Thailand set to take place this Saturday (Jan 7).
The award-winning singer will be performing live at the Bukit Jalil National Stadium on Jan 15.
In her tweet, Yeoh stressed that the organisers for Chou’s concert had already delayed the setup by two-and-a-half days to make room for the 2022 AFF Cup Semi-finals.
"The organisers need 14 days to set up the stage. The setup involves 500 crew members, 185 international crew members, 45 heavy machinery, 200 speakers and 800 lights," she said.
The Mandopop star previously postponed his 2020 gig in Malaysia due to the pandemic.