“We miss it (FMFA) too. So much so that sometimes, the withdrawal is almost unbearable.”
I find the tone, info and excitement expressed in this article about FMFA troubling in many ways.
FMFA 2014 (Future Music Festival Asia) in Malaysia this year was cancelled on the 3rd day, after a 2 day run. A reason mentioned was the deaths of 6 attendees due to drugs. I will call it only a contributing factor, that highlighted the event.
The week before, MH370 disappeared. 239 lives from 15 nations are still missing. Families and friends have no answers. It has now been 236 days. Nobody has a clue what happened. There is nothing anyone can do but hope. All signs are pointing out that the plane will never be found again.
I am surprised that the organizers themselves did not take the initiative to cancel FMFA as a mark of respect on the MH370 loss, let alone glossing over the fact that drug use controls are still penetrable at rave events, and I will not even get into the business mentality that often forsakes the individual safety of rave party-goers.
Other events were cancelled that fateful month of March this year. Business campaigns were called off and corporate festivals were toned down or stopped altogether, at whatever costs it may have incurred. This included a huge concert affair, Twin Towers Alive, held in conjunction with the Formula 1 race in Sepang, Malaysia.
If today there are many clinging on to a festival taken off the Malaysian calendar, instead of the difficult wish that one day the plane will come home or there will be closure to the disappearance, then something is really wrong with our humanity. That we yearn for more celebrations in a time we should grief. 6 + 239 reasons are enough. People are loss. Instead of owning responsibility, they just want to dance.
Many learn the hard way that those who do not remember the past are doomed to repeat it. Forgetting what is importantly dearest to us and instead milking money out of people’s need for quality sound waves, show some people’s self-obsession ignoring other things that matter, like life, in the end.
March 2014 should be remembered for a very tragic aviation mystery, and f@(%!^g, nothing else.
(Or at least, remember 6 people who went to an EDM festival, and never come home alive to their families.)