We will do it our own way, says Pahang

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  • Thursday, 20 Aug 2009

PAHANG has no intention to visit Selangor to learn from them how to manage the more than 4,000 nightspots and entertainment centres, state Information, Science, Technology and Innovation Committee chairman Datuk Sharkar Shamsuddin said.

He was replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Lau Lee (BN-Damak).

“We will manage Pahang in our own way and issue licences only when there is a necessity,” said Sharkar, adding that if there was a request, Lau could be appointed “sole” ambassador to visit Selangor to study the situation.

To Datuk Pang Tsu Ming’s (BN-Semambu) question, Sharkar said local authorities had revoked the licences of 32 cybercafes for their involvement in illegal gambling.

The latter added that enforcement officers from local councils would carry out inspection and joint-operations with the police to monitor cybercafes.

“We need the public to supply us with information and if the outlet operators are found guilty, stern action will be taken including revoking their licences,” he said.

On rental arrears owed to local councils, state Housing, Basic Amenities and Transport Committee chairman Datuk Mohd Soffi Abdul Razak said up to July 31, 5,327 households at low-cost flats owed RM12.12mil.

Mohd Soffi (BN-Benta) said the amount was lower than the RM13.81mil in 2007 and RM12.78mil last year, which showed that enforcement officers were doing their job getting the defaulters to pay up. The issue of outstanding rental was brought up by Abdul Aziz Mat Kiram (BN-Batu Talam).

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