PUTRAJAYA - Due to “security concerns”, police did not allow the Better Beer Festival to go on, said Datuk Seri Liow Tiong Lai.
The MCA president said during the Cabinet’s weekly meeting the authorities cited safety as one of the reasons for calling off the festival.
“I raised the issue in Cabinet and made it clear that if the event was cancelled due to political grounds, then we could not accept that reasoning.
“But we were told that the cancellation was due to security concerns,” Liow told reporters at his ministry here yesterday.
“However, as the authorities have security concerns, we have to acknowledge it. They are the ones who ensure our safety,” he added.
But Liow said the authorities did not elaborate on what the “security concerns” were.
“The Opposition is more concerned about political mileage from this issue. They want to make it seem as if the Government does not allow the people to enjoy drinking beer. This is not true,” he said.
The cancellation of the craft beer festival, originally scheduled for Oct 6-7 at Publika Shopping Gallery in Kuala Lumpur, became a Cabinet matter after the issue received mixed reaction from the public.
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