Crackdown on illegal entertainment outlets

DBKL sealing off a business operating as an entertainment outlet without approval. — Courtesy of DBKL

SEVERAL entertainment outlets in Kuala Lumpur and Rawang, Selangor were slapped with high compounds and served immediate closure notices for operating illegally.

Other premises raided by enforcement officers were found to have carried out entertainment activities without approval or had violated their licensing conditions.

During a raid by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) in Jalan Telawi, Bangsar and Jalan Radin Tengah, Sri Petaling, two entertainment outlets were found to be operating without approval.

Four other premises were found to have violated their licensing conditions.

In a statement, DBKL said the first two outlets were ordered to close while equipment were confiscated from the other businesses.

“Action was taken under Section 17 of Entertainment Act 1992, with six investigation papers opened under Section 4(1) of the same Act for conducting activities (music) with approval.

“DBKL Licensing and Business Development Department issued 11 compound notices for various offences,” DBKL said.

This included violating licensing conditions (four notices), employing foreign workers (three notices), causing public disturbance (three notices) and having obstructions within the premises (one notice).

Action was taken under Licensing of Food Establishments (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) 2016 By-Laws and the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974.

Abou 35 items were confiscated including a spinner, speakers, laptops, amplifiers and microphones.

The seized items were sent to DBKL’s storage facility in Jalan Lombong Taman Miharja, Cheras for record keeping and temporary storage.

“Enforcement action will continue from time to time in other hotspot locations around Kuala Lumpur,” DBKL said.

Meanwhile in Rawang, an entertainment outlet was issued a RM25,000 compound and a closure notice for operating illegally.

During the night raid at Anggun City commercial centre in Taman Anggun by Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) officers, the operator was found running a restaurant with entertainment elements such as electronic darts and pool table, and serving liquor, without valid licences.

“The closure notice was issued under Licensing of Trades, Businesses and Industries By-Laws (MPS) 2007 (By-law 3), while the compound was issued as per Section 6(1) of Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment 1995,” MPS said in a statement.

During the same raid, the council took action against six other businesses for various offences including leaving raw ingredients on the floor, unmaintained grease traps and placing tables and chairs on the five-foot way.

Six compounds and eight notices were issued during the operation led by MPS Licensing Department director Zulaina Abu Talib and accompanied by 16 MPS officers.

The council also reminded business owners to adhere to the rules and conditions.

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