MELAKA: Famous for its nightlife, Taman Melaka Raya, however, is believed to be attracting the wrong type of patrons – students and teenagers, a state exco member has claimed. State Health and Anti-Drug Committee chairman Low Chee Leong said the case where five policemen were arrested for drug abuse at a nightclub together with a 14-year-old was an “eye-opener”.
“I was told by the Melaka Anti-Drug Agency that students were also patronising nightclubs at the state’s commercial hub and indulging in drug abuse,” he said yesterday.
Low said the authorities should investigate how the underaged patrons were allowed into watering holes meant for adults.
“The operators of nightclubs should be held responsible and have their business licences revoked,” he said.
He said there were already complaints about entertainment outlets here serving alcoholic beverages to youngsters.
He said a parent from Bukit Cina complained that his 15-year-old daughter was served alcohol when she visited a karaoke outlet with her friends last month.
“Now, we hear a teenage boy was with five policemen inside a room at a nightclub and the cops were tested positive for drugs. We need to look into this issue urgently,” he added.
Low also said a lack of parental control had led to teenagers patronising nightclubs.
On June 13, five policemen were tested positive for drugs following a raid at an entertainment centre at Taman Melaka Raya.
Among those screened during the 10.30pm raid was a teenager.
The 14-year-old, said to be a school dropout, was inside a room together with the policemen during the ambush by the Melaka Tengah Narcotics Department.