Ministry to probe reports of RM43,000 Coldplay tickets resale, says Salahuddin

KUALA LUMPUR: It is unreasonable to resell a Coldplay concert ticket at RM43,000, says Datuk Seri Salahuddin Ayub (pic).

The Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister said the ministry will investigate if there are reports on the resale of the British band concert tickets at exorbitant prices based on the Consumer Protection Act 1999.

“The public is smart and they should not purchase the tickets from scalpers. I urge them to get the tickets from verified ticketing service agents,” he said in a press conference at the 2023 Franchise International Malaysia (FIM) Exhibition and Conference at Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on Thursday (May 18).

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Yesterday, social media platforms were rife with reports by the public showing scalpers selling their tickets at high prices for the Coldplay concert tour - Music Of The Spheres World Tour (MOTSWT) - at Stadium Bukit Jalil on Nov 22.

It is the first concert held by the British band in Malaysia during its Asia leg of the tour.

The concert tickets price ranged from RM228 to RM3,088 and were sold out within three hours according to the organiser, LiveNation.

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Checks by The Star yesterday at an online event ticket marketplace, Viagogo found that the cheapest ticket offered originally at RM288 was sold at RM1,749.

Ticketing website GoLive Asia also reported the Coldplay pre-sale tickets virtual queue registered at 400,000, a record for the platform proving a high demand from the fans.

Salahuddin said the ministry has yet to receive any reports on the overpriced concert tickets from the public.

“If there is an official report, we can advise the public on this matter. I know the public wants to attend the concert but make wise decisions on this. Do not purchase a ticket sold at RM43,000,” Salahuddin added.

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