IN HIS column in Utusan Malaysia, Adam A. Kadir noted that Kuantan was a hive of activity over the weekend as thousands of people from Kelantan and Terengganu came to watch TV3’s Sure Heboh carnival.
He said that the hotel he was staying in was full, adding that this was a rare incident.
“Most of the occupants were from Terengganu and Kelantan who came to Kuantan to watch the carnival,” Adam said.
Adam said this showed that the people from the two states were “so thirsty for entertainment that they would travel hundreds of kilometres to Kuantan to be entertained.”
He said it was public knowledge that the Kelantan and Terengganu governments would not issue permits to hold entertainment programmes.
He said the situation was different in the past.
“The 50s and 60s were the height of cultural activities in Kelantan.
“Mention Mak Yong, Wayang Kulit and Menora, and the people would think of Kelantan while Ismail Ali Muda and Wan Salman were popular singers from there,” said the columnist.
Adam said Terengganu had also been associated with cultural and entertainment activities and had produced names such as M. Ibrahim and Bintang Radio’s Wan Nor Faezah.
He said the Sultan Ismail Stadium in Kuala Terengganu was a huge venue where cultural activities were usually held.
He said artistes from Singapore and Kuala Lumpur would perform at the stadium, adding that singer Ahmad Jais and his band Siglap Five became famous after performing there.
Adam said although Kuantan held few cultural and entertainment activities in the past, the situation had changed now.
The authorities in Kuantan are more acceptable to holding such activities without compromising the religious aspects, he said.
He added that it was thus not surprising to see Kuantan “flooded” with people from Terengganu and Kelantan who are denied the opportunity to watch their favourite artistes perform.
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