The ‘Maher Zain Malaysia Tour 2019’ concert in Pasir Gudang, Johor has been called off due to the toxic chemical disaster. - NSTP/File pic.

KUALA LUMPUR: The ‘Maher Zain Malaysia Tour 2019’ concert in Pasir Gudang, Johor, scheduled for Friday, has been cancelled due to the hazardous condition caused by chemical pollution.

Maher Zain Malaysia Tour secretariat, in a statement, said the cancellation was inevitable as it was their responsibility as the concert management to ensure the safety of fans, the crew and also the singer.

“We pray for the safety of the victims and their families who are affected by this disaster. As the concert organiser, we share the disappointment with all of Maher’s fans over this cancellation and will work with the ticketing agent to ensure speedy refunds for all tickets purchased,” it said.


Victims given medical attention at the Taman Pasir Putih community hall in Pasir Gudang. -NSTP/MOHD AZREN JAMALUDIN

According to the statement, those who purchased tickets from the physical counter or office would have to submit a scanned copy of the tickets along with bank details to suhailah@myeventsinternational.com before March 30.

“For tickets purchased from TixMalaysia, the refund will be credited to their credit card before March 30. Both refund processes will take 14 working days or alternatively, fans can choose to exchange the ticket to one of Maher Zain Malaysia Tour locations (Penang or Sabah) by emailing to maherzain@tixmalaysia.com,” it said.

The organiser said the two shows in Penang and Sabah will go on as planned.

So far, 937 cases of victims poisoned by toxic fumes in Pasir Gudang have been recorded since last Thursday, including 166 being hospitalised and nine placed in the Intensive Care Unit, following exposure to toxic fumes from chemical waste dumped into Sungai Kim Kim in Pasir Gudang.

All 111 schools in Pasir Gudang had been ordered to close effective today until further notice, said Education Minister Dr Maszlee Malik.--Bernama

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