Malaysia's Youth and Sports Minister Syed Saddiq Syed Abdul Rahman promised on Tuesday, April 23, that he will do all he can to bring ground-breaking K-pop group BTS to Malaysia in 2020.
To do this, he's enlisting the help of Air Asia CEO Tony Fernandes, who was recently appointed as chairman of Malaysia Stadium Corporation, stating: “I’ve just met with the promoter for the BTS event and we are in the negotiation phase. Our hope is to get BTS here for Visit Malaysia 2020. I’ve tasked Tan Sri Tony Fernandes to deliver and this is one of his KPIs.”
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While the entertainment industry in Malaysia churns a revenue of US$4 billion (S$5.43 billion) every year, the country is noticeably is losing out to Singapore as a destination for entertainment with many stadiums here in Malaysia being underused.
Minister Syed Saddiq said of this predicament: “I do not want to be left behind Singapore anymore. We’ve seen fans will fly from all over to Singapore (for events) because we’re not competitive and we’re losing out on this revenue."
Let's hope his promises are fulfilled because, let's be honest, getting BTS back in the region is always great news. In the meantime, check out our review of BTS' historic show in Singapore earlier this year.