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'How come RM888 tickets sold out if M'sians suffering?'

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Would the tickets to your concert back in August have sold out if people were burdened by the cost of living?

This was the question directed towards songstress Sheila Majid by Rizal Mansor, the aide to the prime minister's wife Rosmah Mansor, in a Facebook post today.

"Yes, you are the Malaysian jazz queen and considered a 'legend' with many fans, but would they (fans) be able to afford tickets priced at RM888 if the country's economy is that bad?

"Would your fans, who mainly consist of middle-aged people, be able to buy the tickets if they were suffering from the rising cost of living the past few months?" he wrote.

Rizal (photo) had also attached a screenshot of Sheila's Instagram post in his Facebook post, which showed a poster of her Aug 5 concert at Stadium Merdeka, with the "sold out" stamp on it.

According to the poster, the tickets were priced RM888 each for premium seats, all the way down to RM98 each for the cheapest ones.

The post was also accompanied by a Malay daily report from July, which stated that tickets to Sheila's concert had been sold out.

Rizal said that Sheila, as an experienced and influential veteran artist, should know that the economic status of the country is not fully under the control of the government, and can be influenced by external factors like the falling ringgit and the job market.

"Which government likes to see its people suffer?

"The current administration under Prime Minister Najib Abdul Razak is not keeping quiet, but trying hard every day to bring in foreign investments to increase job opportunities, strengthen the ringgit and help ease the burden of the rising cost of living via various initiatives, such as BR1M.

"Datuk Sheila may be living a life of luxury by getting offers to sing at corporate dinners, and please realise that all this would not have been possible, if not for the BN government's hard work.

"Even if you are not grateful for what you have achieved so far, please don't deviate the people's thinking with facts that are untrue, by becoming a propaganda tool for the opposition," he wrote.

Sheila had courted bouquets and brickbats since taking to Twitter on Monday over the cost of living and unemployment issues.

She had said that Malaysians were angry for being "squeezed" over debts they did not create, and asked the government to stop making excuses and looking for faults to get the country back on track.

Earlier today, popular TV personality Azwan Ali told Sheila to "go to hell" over her recent tweet.

Azwan told reporters at the sidelines of the Umno general assembly that Sheila's "whining" will spoil the new generation and that her success is because of the government.

"She is influential. A diva should use 'common sense' and not get emotional. People respect her. By making such statements, it is suicidal.

"What she says won't affect BN. Najib doesn't need entertainers to win elections. Najib is too big a name," said Azwan, who is also the elder brother of Selangor Menteri Besar Mohamed Azmin Ali.

Earlier this week, actress Nur Fathia Latiff had also tweeted her displeasure over the Royal Commission of Inquiry findings on Bank Negara's forex exchange losses in the 1990s, suggesting that it would be better to investigate bank deposits to "someone's" personal accounts.

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