The Better Beer Festival 2017 could not be allowed to go on because of the fear of a possible attack by militant groups, says Tan Sri Mohamad Fuzi Harun. The Inspector-General of Police said that Bukit Aman had received intelligence indicating that a militant group was planning to sabotage the event. “We also received information that a few parties planned to cause trouble during the event, and that it might also turn into a serious security matter,” he said in a statement on Thursday. The IGP said Bukit Aman has to be proactive in sounding its objection against the festival to prevent any untoward incident from occurring.
“Our stand against the hosting of the event is also aimed at preserving the safety and security of the people,” he said. On Monday, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said it had rejected the organiser’s application to hold the event after receiving an application for a permit on Aug 28. The DBKL announcement came a week after PAS central committee member Dr Riduan Mohd Nor spoke out against the event, calling it a pesta maksiat (vice party). He claimed that it would turn Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.
Source: The Star