IMDA is reviewing reimbursement claims after stopping Watain from playing in Singapore. Ravage Records mentioned that it costed them between $15,000 to $20,000 to bring the band to Singapore. This is inclusive of things like venue rental, flights and accommodation, transportation, equipments and band fees.
Ravage Records also aim to provide refunds for those who bought tickets to the event.
In the grand scheme of things, $20,000 might not be that much to the Government of Singapore. With the millions in Singapore, Singaporeans need not donate even a single $1 to pay of this $20,000. They will probably take a part of our taxpayer's money and pay it off in the end. But then again, why should we even provide a single cent to pay it back? I say we should fine the higher ups that made the decision to cancel the event!
Apart from a minority who partook in a petition to cancel the event, none of us even know of/care about Watain playing. Shouldn't then those higher ups who made the decision be the ones responsible for paying for it? The dumbest thing is most of us didn't know of the existence of Watain. And now? I would say 90% of the Singaporeans know about them.
We should not have to pay for such stupid decisions made by the people governing this country. Let them pay for it out of their own pockets. They have to be accountable for such things and not the citizens.