Malaysian Government reportedly considering law to beat ticket scalpers

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The Malaysian Government is reportedly considering introducing a new law to help tackle ticket scalping, following the issues experienced by fans attempting to purchase tickets for November’s Coldplay performance. 

The government is responding to the recent sales for a Coldplay concert, which saw tickets reportedly listed on resale sites for as much as RM43,000 (£7,637/€8,784/$9,500).

The British band are set to perform in Malaysia for the first time later this year.

As reported by Malaysian media outlet FMT, Communications and Digital Minister Fahmi Fadzil told a press conference: “For the time being, Malaysia does not have legislation that can deal with ticket touts. Therefore, we will be discussing with other ministries as well, to see whether a law is needed to prevent instances of ‘scalping’ or ticket touts in future events or concerts.”

He added that the government would be looking at countries such as the US and Australia, which have experienced similar issues around ticket scalping.

Fadzil also said that the process of discussing a new law will only begin after a probe into ticket resale following the Coldplay concert sales ends. Last week, Fadzil said that he would discuss issues surrounding ticket resale with Domestic Trade and Cost of Living Minister Salahuddin Ayub.

Coldplay are set to perform at Bukit Jalil National Stadium on November 22.

The FMT report added that Ayub’s ministry had received 28 unofficial complaints on Coldplay concert tickets being resold on social media.