No online tickets for Sea Games football final: It was my judgment call, says Khairy

 |Aug 28, 2017
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KUALA LUMPUR: Amidst criticism with regards to the Sea Games’ final football match ticket sales, Youth and Sports Minister Khairy Jamaluddin has shouldered the blame on why tickets were not made available online.

Khairy took to Twitter to say that it was a judgment call he made based on all available information he had.

“We intended for some to be sold online. That was the practice for all games before the final.

“However, last night I was told that the online payment gateway provider could not guarantee a stable process because of volume,” he explained.

Khairy informed that the provider was concerned that people would transact payment and not get tickets because of the sheer volume.

“I had a decision to make with that information given to me. Without a stable online payment gateway, a decision was made to sell all (tickets) at SSA (Stadium Shah Alam),” he added.

“At SSA we sold all tickets. Until it had to be suspended when barricades were breached. Then we resumed after the FRU arrived,” he said, referring to the deployment of Federal Reserve Unit officers at the stadium earlier today.

Tickets for the final football match between Malaysia and Thailand tomorrow were not available online, and this led to the queue outside SSA starting as early as 2am, early Monday.

Many took to social media to voice their displeasure over the matter, while some began exposing ticket touts allegedly selling tickets at a higher price on Facebook, Mudah and Carousell.

“Whether you have tickets or not, what’s important is we rally behind our athletes especially our football team,” Khairy said. – MO