(Graphics courtesy of Mediacorp Suria)
This entry will be short and sharp. I was at Dhoby Ghaut Green earlier to watch the recording of Viva Muzik Singapura again. I was looking forward to seeing AhliFiqir in action especially since their name was second on the list of performers scheduled to perform today. Though it was not stated what time they were performing, I assumed that their set was in the afternoon along with Syed Azmir, whose name was first on the list.
However to my dismay, I found out that they were only performing at 7.30pm. I had to leave by 6pm as I have my own prior engagements later on. What pissed me off was how late the show started. On the list, they said that the show was to start at 4:00pm but when I left at 5.15pm, it had not even started, to the point that Syed Azmir who was supposed to helm the set, had to come out and sheepishly apologise that it won’t start till another twenty minutes, resulting in groans all around. By then it would have been about 5:30pm, a good 90 minutes gone from the original time slated to start.
I can understand if the delay was due to the rain since it is afterall an open-air event, but the skies were clear as day and the reason that was used to describe the long wait was “the musicians are resting at the back…” Really??? Just because this event is free, doesn’t mean that people have so much time to wait and spare. We’re about a week away from 2010 and for us who just celebrated and welcomed 1431 Hijriah, I think it’s high time we get away from this old mentality of giving empty promises with regards to timings & start respecting punctuality. Time waits for no man and time is freaking precious. I hope tomorrow’s sets won’t be as disappointing as this one. For the record, I’m not holding Mediacorp Suria accountable for this as this project is mainly done by another party…