- The duo’s concert in Penang last weekend was cancelled at the last minute, with fans not receiving refunds for their tickets
- Their management company said they had not been paid by the organiser, who pulled the plug after a lawyer handling funds went missing
Taiwanese singers David Tao Zee and Shin have promised to hold a free concert in Penang, Malaysia, after the last-minute cancellation of a performance scheduled for September 21.
The duo posted on their official Facebook pages that show organiser WGW Entertainment had not paid their management company Dream Factory Entertainment, and they regretted that they could not go ahead with the show last Saturday.
"We have decided to hold a free concert in the near future and details will soon be announced," the Mandopop stars said in identical posts.
Tao, 50, and made his debut in 1997. His award-winning R&B compositions include Marry Me Today, a duet with Taiwanese singer Jolin Tsai.
The rock music of Shin, 48, is known for the unique high screams he uses while singing. He most recently took part in the fourth season of mainland Chinese singing competition I Am a Singer.
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Malaysian newspaper The Star said thousands of fans were left fuming after the concert was cancelled. Many had arrived at Penang's Spice Arena by 8pm, only for a giant LED screen to display the cancellation notice at 9.30pm.
According to the newspaper, a former WGW Entertainment director said money for the artists' payment had been given to a lawyer, who had since left the country.
Lai Kong Hooi, who quit the company a week ago, told the paper: "We gave the lawyer 3.8 million ringgit (US$908,000) in July and another 3 million ringgit in September to hold in escrow as funds for organising concerts.
"The lawyer has disappeared and is apparently in China," he added, saying that he had lodged a police report and would complain to the Malaysian Bar Council.
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In an interview with Malaysian Chinese-language daily Sin Chew, Hendrik Huang from WGW Entertainment said the company could not pay Tao and Shin's performance fees.
Huang also apologised to fans, adding that they would be refunded for the cancelled show.
In a separate report, Sin Chew quoted a spokesperson for Tao as saying the Taiwanese singer was "very shocked" by the last-minute cancellation.
"There are many Malaysian fans who fly to Penang just to watch the show, and this is not OK for them," said the spokesperson. "Regardless of the outcome, the most important thing is to give these fans the best explanation."
Tao had last Friday posted on Facebook a picture of himself and his wife, Penny Jiang, when he arrived in Penang, describing the Malaysian city as one that is "full of art and culture".
"See you tomorrow!" he wrote.
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