ALOR SETAR: Entertainment outlets in Kedah, including karaoke centres and discotheques, will not be allowed to operate during the month of Ramadan.
Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Azizan Abdul Razak said live band performances with singers at bars, hotels, restaurants and eatery outlets and areas easily accessed by the public were also not allowed.
He said the regulation under the state Entertainment Enactment 1997 which listed these places, however, excluded cybercafes, bowling and snooker centres.
Azizan also said that all Chinese eateriess and outlets that catered for international customers were allowed to operate as normal.
They include fast food restaurants such as Kentucy Fried Chicken, McDonald's and Pizza Hut, he said.
Azizan also said cultural and religious performances would be allowed during Ramadan as long as they did not cause disturbance to others.
"This regulation is already in the enactment and it was enforced each Ramadan but due to poor enforcement, there were those who did not abide by the regulation," he said after chairing the state executive council meeting here Wednesday.
He said the regulation would be fully enforced this year following complaints by the state Islamic Religious Councils during a meeting with district officers to prevent immoral activities during Ramadan.
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