Council nod needed for cultural dances


  • Nation
  • Monday, 04 Aug 2003

BY K. SUTHAKAR

KUALA TERENGGANU: Chinese cultural dances at the state-owned Primula Beach Resort are allowed only with approval from the Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council. 

In clarifying an announcement made during a karaoke contest organised by the state MCA Senior Citizens’ Bureau on Friday, Primula Beach Resort public relations manager Adlin Masood said:  

“Chinese cultural shows must follow the guidelines, such as decent dressing, formulated by the council.” 

For Muslims, only male dancers are permitted, she said yesterday, adding that disco and social dances are not allowed in the hotel. 

On Sunday, The Star reported that a staff member of the four-star hotel announced that dancing in its premises was banned although liquor consumption was allowed. 

Adlin said the announcement was made without the hotel management's authorisation. 

She said state executive councillor Datuk Mustafa Ali had issued a directive on the consumption of liquor several days ago. 

“It was a reminder of the policy introduced by the council in 2001 relating to the consumption of liquor in the hotel,” she said. 

Adlin said liquor could be served in the function rooms for Chinese functions provided it was catered from outside. 

“Even the glasses must be brought in and our staff must not be involved in serving the beverage,” she added. 

Hotel banquet and conference co-ordinator Tan Ya Ying said she asked a staff member to announce the liquor policy as the public was confused over the matter. 

Mustafa said there was probably a “miscommunication” between him and hotel officials, adding that he needed to read the report first before issuing a statement. 

Kuala Terengganu MCA division chief C.Y. Toh said the party regretted the PAS-led government’s interference in the hotel to achieve its political agenda. 

He added that the Chinese community could not rent government facilities such as community halls to hold weddings because of stringent requirements imposed by the council. 

The hotel was among their last resorts but it was becoming a hassle now, he added.  

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