24/09/2021

Corruption

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We had submitted details and paid fees to a number of local bodies to acquire their approval for the event. Our Tan Sri Datuk had listed these, mostly religious bodies that needed to be on side. However, on the first morning some unlisted Islamic body turned up at the venue and demanded additional fees or they would close the show. We paid.

But perhaps weirder than this was on security. We hired a contractor that was associated with the venue to do our stewarding and security patrols. But about a week before the show I was approached by the Malaysian SAS, who insisted that they should provide periphery security. They decided they would put on some adventurous displays up in the row of trees on site. It wasn’t a request it was that this was happening. But then I learned that we had to provide the squad with food every day, but thankfully they would set up their own campsite at the venue, so I didn’t have to pay for their lodgings. Having worked with the British SAS I found this approach somewhat weird, they would not sing for their supper like this.

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