KUALA TERENGGANU: The Kuala Terengganu Municipal Council is closing down all the 10 snooker and 13 karaoke centres here which are operating illegally.
Its president Dr Sulaiman Abdullah said the centres were issued with a 21-day notice to close down about two months ago.
“But since none of them heeded the notice, action is being taken to close them down forcibly including seizing their belongings,” he said yesterday.
He said the notice was issued under Section 6 of the Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment 2002.
Dr Sulaiman said four snooker centres were closed down in the past few days after being “advised” by visiting enforcement personnel.
He said the personnel also seized items such as cues and snooker balls from the premises.
“We will only license snooker premises which comply with the guidelines set by the national snooker council and state snooker council, besides adhering to conditions set by the council,” he said.
He said enforcement personnel closed a karaoke centre in Jalan Kampung Tiong 2 and seized items such as speakers and microphones from the premises several days ago.
“We returned the items after the operator paid a compound,” he said, declining to reveal the sum.
He said another karaoke centre in Jalan Kampung Tiong pulled down its shutters after learning about the council’s operation.
Dr Sulaiman said that those operating illegally could be compounded up to RM25,000 under the enactment.
If charged in court (under the enactment), they are liable to a fine up to RM50,000 or five years’ jail, or both, if convicted.
He said although some of the snooker and karaoke centres were still operating, it was only a matter of time before they were closed down.