KOTA KINABALU: The owner and customers of an entertainment outlet operating on the suburbs of the city's Luyang area here arrested on Friday (April 17) night.
A total of 51 summonses were issued against the owner as well as patrons for offences that included failure to observe social distancing and a host of other local by-laws offences.
The owner, who was ordered to shut down the premises, also faces other fines for failure to observe Covid-19 SOPs at his premises that has been packed with people since it opened earlier this year.
The operation involving 69 personnel was led by the Kota Kinabalu City Hall enforcement team together with the police, Health Department and Customs Department.
Kota Kinabalu City Hall's deputy director (operations) Robert Lipon, who led the operations at 10pm on Friday, found that the entertainment outlet did not even have a licence to operate.
In a statement, City Hall said that the operation was triggered by numerous public complaints about the outlet as well as checks on the compliance on COVID 19 SOPs by the operator and clients.
The operator was issued six compound notices for conducting entertainment business without a license, placing equipment on the sidewalk without a permit and constructing a building structure without local council approval.
City Hall also seized entertainment equipment, tables and chairs during the raid.
Health Department enforcement issued seven compound notices while police issued 37 compounds to patrons failing to maintain physical distance for offences under the Prevention and Control of Infectious Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2021.
The owner also faces the maximum RM50,000 fine for failing to observe compliance of SOPs at the business premise.
Customs also confiscated liquor from the premises as they did not have a license to sell liquor.
The outlet that sits along the road into a housing area has been subject to public complaints since its opening only a few days ago.