KUALA TERENGGANU: The state government has clarified that there will be no Oktoberfest celebrations in Terengganu, after netizens condemned the event.
In a statement Friday (Oct 12), state Tourism, Culture and Information Technology committee chairman Ariffin Deraman refuted allegations that the popular beer festival will be held in the PAS-led state.
“No one has applied to hold Oktoberfest here, and we will be constantly monitoring to ensure that the festival is not held,” he said.
Ariffin was responding to a netizens’ protest after an anti-drunk driving campaign co-organised by a beer manufacturer and a ride-sharing company offering 1,000 free rides to revellers went viral.
Netizens took a screen shot of the portal offering the services in an outlet each in Terengganu and Kelantan, and concluded that those outlets were hosting the Oktoberfest celebrations.
However, Ariffin, who is also Alur Limbat assemblyman, said representatives were sent to investigate the Terengganu outlet located in Kg Cina and confirmed that no such celebrations were being held.
A check on the portal revealed that the list of outlets in Terengganu and Kelantan has since been removed.
The recent online protests comes not long after the cancellation of a popular island music festival after a promotional video was spread online.
Although the state government had left the door ajar for negotiations, organisers said it had to call off the festival as it could not “align to the changed guidelines”-thestar