Lawsuit being prepared against The 1975
PETALING JAYA: A group of lawyers is working probono on a class action suit by local artistes and vendors against the British band The 1975.
“We are putting our hearts and minds to improving the first working draft of the class action,” said lawyer Mathew Thomas Philip in a Facebook post yesterday.
“If there is any information that you may possess and which may have a bearing on the suit against The 1975, such as the location of their assets, please contact our probono team,” he added.
The 1975’s concert at Good Vibes Festival 2023 on Friday was stopped abruptly after lead singer Matty Healy ranted and then kissed bassist Ross MacDonald on stage, leading to the organiser pulling the plug on the band’s act.
The act has led to a total ban on The 1975 performing in the country, while the organisers were forced to refund tickets after the Communications and Digital Ministry cancelled the rest of the festival that was supposed to end yesterday.
Meanwhile, the group of lawyers is reportedly calling for a townhall meeting with artistes and vendors affected by the concert’s cancellation.
The townhall is tentatively scheduled to be held at 7pm tomorrow at Barrister’s Brew, Sri Hartamas in Kuala Lumpur. ANN
‘Why didn’t govt arrest The 1975 as they did with Sanusi?’
Opposition Leader Hamzah Zainudin questioned why the government did not arrest members of the British band, The 1975 as they did with caretaker Kedah Menteri Besar Muhammad Sanusi Md Nor.
He said the police had resorted to arresting Sanusi during the wee hours for something less serious, but the band members were not even detained despite having committed many violations.
“Sanusi ‘buat salah sikit’ (commit a minor offence), they arrested him at 3am.
“But this band, I don’t know if the police had even arrested them. They committed many offences, but they were not even detained.
“This is the kind of government we have today, one that practices double standards, and this is why we do not want them to be in power anymore,” Hamzah said during a ceramah last night.
Hamzah, who is also Bersatu secretary-general, was speaking at the launching of Sungai Burong and Permatang PN election machinery in Tanjong Karang, Selangor.
He was referring to an incident during a festival in Sepang on Friday, which saw The 1975 frontman Matt Healy angrily criticised Malaysia’s laws against LGBT.
The musician also said he made a mistake by coming to a country that is “telling us whom we can have sex with” because he didn’t check when the band made the concert booking in Malaysia.
He was also seen drinking from a bottle believed to contain an alcoholic beverage during the incident, while netizens allege that Healy spat onstage and damaged a camera drone operated by the festival crew.
Hamzah, who is a former home minister, said he had never allowed controversial groups like The 1975 into Malaysia when he was in power.
The government, he added, should have rejected the band’s application in the first place. MKINI
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