Brown side of security

I don’t like Chris Brown’s music or what he represents. Of him, I can only recognise the problems he had with Rhianna in the past. Moreover, I’ve just managed to go to the new Cubic location two or three times. Nonetheless, I can recognise that he is an international name in the show biz firmament and the fact that it was announced he would come to Macau seduced lots of tourists to the territory, especially from Hong Kong. According to some friends, the police made a routine raid in the middle of the concert. Now, I’m not against police raids per se and what they signify in terms of what is the best place to live in terms of security: Macau. That notwithstanding, when we hear about diversification, about Macau as an entertainment destination, about international events, artists and stars, it doesn’t seem very wise to launch a raid in the middle of a concert in a place where the emergency exits are not exactly in profusion, at 2:00am in the morning. I wasn’t present but allegedly the concert was suspended for two hours in order that the police could do their job. If I were a Hongkonger or a clubber from another location, I’d think again before returning to Macau. The respect I have for the authorities makes me conclude that there was surely a misunderstanding and I’m certain that they calculated the risks. But wouldn’t it have been wiser – more diplomatic – to have descended upon the venue at the end of the concert? I’m also sure that the impact was minimum and that the routine nature of the police action won’t bear consequences in terms of future artists coming to Macau to perform in our entertainment and nightlife hotspots. The idea of coming to Macau for a weekend and enduring the imposition of a police raid in the middle of a concert doesn’t strike a positive note with anyone. I can recognise that this will be even more frequent in the near future, considering other measures in place. It’s not good for the international image of entertainment that Macau has already painstakingly built. Our city needs to be wisely managed in all respects, especially in the downturn period gaming is currently experiencing. Those that were caught off guard and paid for the privilege may not return and we may have lost a few sources of mass market revenue or of hotel rooms and restaurants (i.e.) to the real economy. With a plethora of new venues to open in the near future hosting international world-class events, it might not have been the best timed or thought out raid ever.