Selangor Journal
The 1975 perform at the Brit Awards at the O2 Arena in London, Britain, February 20, 2019. — Picture by REUTERS

The 1975 band members fled Malaysia before police report lodged

KUALA LUMPUR, July 25 — Police only received reports about British band The 1975’s disrespectful antics at the Good Vibes Festival 2023 in Sepang, last Friday after the group had left the country for the United Kingdom, Deputy Inspector-General of Police Datuk Seri Ayob Khan Mydin Pitchay said.

He rejected allegations that the police were inefficient in handling the matter, stating that the group had left for the UK within six hours after the concert was stopped at 11.30 pm on July 21.

“…and the first police report was received the next day at 2pm,” he said at a media conference after the flag handover ceremony for the World Police and Fire Games 2023 in Bukit Aman, here, today.

He said the case is still being investigated under Section 504 and 509 of the Penal Code, as well as Section 14 of the Minor Offences Act 1955.

“The offence was for something committed in the country, so we cannot seek a red notice from the International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) unless it’s a major offence,” he said when asked if the police would seek the assistance of Interpol.

Ayob Khan said the police has taken 13 statements so far, of which six were from complainants, one from the organisers, and six other from the Central Committee for Application for Filming and Performance by Foreign Artistes.

“Police also received 18 police reports (on the matter), eight from the Selangor contingent and 10 from other contingents,” he added.

— Bernama

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