MB: Something amiss if councils don't act

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  • Saturday, 31 May 2003

PEKAN: There is something wrong with the system of issuing permits to entertainment outlets if district and municipal councils do not act against operators who flout the law, said Pahang Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Adnan Yaakob. 

District and municipal councils, he said had been directed to monitor and regulate the activities of entertainment outlets to help curb social ills.  

“If the district and municipal councils do not take action against offenders, there is something wrong with the system,” he said here on Wednesday. 

He said an application for a permit to renew the expired one would require a review to check if an operator had been abiding by the rules or not. 

Adnan said the state government would no longer consider any new applications for family-oriented entertainment centres as some operators had abused the licence issued by operating gaming activities. 

“There are many applications submitted to open such centres in rural areas including in Felda land schemes, and we will not allow it. 

“This is because the place will then be a centre for social ills,” he added. 

Some operators, he said, would use the family-oriented entertainment centre to camouflage other activities such as gambling. 

On another matter, Adnan said the state financial officer had been directed to co-ordinate efforts with the Water Supply Department to find short-term measures to address the water problem in several areas. 

“It is a problem of water quality as there are cases of worms and maggots found in untreated water. 

“Even snakes have been found in water treatment plants and I have received reports on this,” he added. 

Adnan said equipment, costing between RM2mil and RM3mil, could be used to treat the water.  

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