The Better Beer Festival has been officially cancelled.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) issued an official statement today confirming that it has rejected the application to hold the event, which would have been Malaysia’s largest craft beer festival.
It is supposed to take place on Oct 6 and 7 at Publika Shopping Gallery, Kuala Lumpur, and feature 250 different craft beers from 43 breweries worldwide, with craft breweries from Scotland, Australia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam sending representatives.
The announcement comes a week after PAS central committee member Dr Riduan Mohd Nor spoke out against the event, calling it a “pesta maksiat” (vice party) and claiming that it would turn Kuala Lumpur into the “largest vice centre in Asia”.
In the statement, DBKL acknowledged the application made on Aug 28 to hold the festival before announcing the rejection.
“DBKL has taken the decision to reject the application to hold the activity on the stated date, time and place. If the organisers proceed with the activity without DBKL’s permission, action will be taken according to the law.”
The festival’s organisers, craft beer distributors MyBeer, also issued an official statement today about the cancellation.
“It is with disappointment that we, the organisers of The Better Beer Festival 2017, would like to announce that the festival, slated to be held on Oct 6 and 7, 2017, will not be proceeding as scheduled. At our meeting with the officials at the Dewan Bandaraya Kuala Lumpur, we were instructed to cancel our event as there are issues with the licensing.
We were further informed that the decision was made due to the political sensitivity surrounding the event. We regret any inconvenience caused to our patrons, partners and sponsors, and thank you for your unwavering support over the last week.”
The first Better Beer Festival in 2012, held at Taps Beer Bar in Changkat Bukit Bintang, drew about 200 people. Last October’s festival drew 3,500 craft beer lovers to Publika Shopping Gallery.
This year, MyBeer had expected about 6,000 people to show up for this year’s festival.