| Siti Hajar |
DISAPPOINTED Bruneian fans of one of South Korea’s talented guitar players have taken to social media to air their grief over the cancellation of Sungha Jung’s live concert in Brunei that was scheduled to take place last Saturday night but was later announced to have been postponed.
An official announcement posted on the star’s Facebook page said, “Despite the desperate wish of Sungha Jung and his team to visit Brunei for the first time, the current circumstance in Brunei seems beyond our scope or resources and abilities”, but did not elaborate on the circumstances impeding the guitarist’s concert in the country.
The postponement, which was announced on December 10, was attributed to “internal issues” with local organisers and a letter dated December 11 received from the government, particularly the Ministry of Home Affairs, according to the organisers, claiming that the event could not be authorised.
“It means that even if we had travelled to Brunei according to the original schedule, the concert would have been stopped by the Brunei government,” the announcement added.
“As it seems clear that the current situation in Brunei – (the organisers’) internal issues plus the government’s last-minute disapproval – is beyond the power and control of the artiste and his team, we have concluded that we should not put the artistes and fans through this misfortune any further.”
The concert, with VIP tickets at $88 and the $58 silver tickets already sold out, was supposed to be rescheduled to next February but the announcement, which was posted on Tuesday night, has confirmed that the event will not be taking place.
“We are sad and disappointed ourselves to have to deliver the news that there will be, after all, no rescheduling of Sungha Jung’s live concert in Brunei,” continued the announcement.
The organisers, when contacted by the Borneo Bulletin, explained that a total of 800 tickets have been sold to the public and the cancellation has caused “chaos” with many disappointed fans wanting to know the reason behind the cancellation.
“Unfortunately, the authorities did not give us a specific reason apart from stating that the approval has not been granted,” the organisers said. Following the announcement, tickets will be refunded on January 5 and the venue (for collection) will also be announced soon.