Authorities in Ho Chi Minh City have fined a male singer VND4.5 million (US$210) for lip-syncing during a music program that was broadcast live last month.
Following the announcement of the fine on Friday, Cao Thai Son also had his performance removed from the idol singing contest Sao mai diem hen 2012 (Morning star rendezvous) gala night the next day.
The contest's organizers said they were "strictly" following the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism's new instructions on fining violations in the performing arts.
Under the instruction issued June 1, Son should be banned from performing for three to six months, and fined between VND15-25 million ($702-1,170).
However, Deputy Minister Vo Trong Nam said they fined Son under government's directive No.75 issued before, not the new regulations, because in principle, the instruction can't replace or supersede the directive.
Moreover, in admitting the violation, Son and Nguyen Van Khanh, director of Nhac Xanh Company, which organized the troubled Qua tang tinh yeu (Gifts of love) program on June 3, had showed their "honesty," Nam said
It was the first time the singer committed the violation which happened actually because his assistant mistakenly gave the recorded disc to the program's organizers instead of the music track without vocals, Nam added.
During the live broadcast of the program on VTV9, Son was seen singing the song Anh sai roi (I'm wrong) in tears as his live voice overlapped with the recorded one.
Nhac Xanh was fined VND5 million ($234) for letting the singer lip-sync during the program.