Mayor: City Hall licence freeze has been in place for more than a decade
KUALA LUMPUR: Kuala Lumpur City Hall has frozen applications for family entertainment centres here for more than 10 years.
Mayor Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said the move was to curb illegal activities at such centres.
However, he said, those in operation would still have their licences renewed provided that they adhered to regulations and conditions set by City Hall.
“Operators who comply with the conditions will be considered for renewal. Those who fail to comply will have their permits cancelled and the deposit forfeited,” he said.
The Melaka government stopped issuing permits to family entertainment centres following a call by Inspector-General of Police Tan Sri Khalid Abu Bakar to curtail such outlets which are used as a front for vice activities.
Chief Minister Datuk Seri Idris Haron made the announcement two days ago, adding that the local authorities would be screening existing outlets to ensure they were operating by the book.
He said licences of existing family entertainment centres would be retracted if these centres were found to be flouting regulations, adding that the state government would make further announcements on the status of these centres in due time.
Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar said other state governments should follow Melaka’s action to discontinue the issuance of new licences for such centres.
“For existing family entertainment centres, it will be up to the state governments on how they wish to manage them,” he said.
Similarly, the Negri Sembilan government had stopped issuing licences for family entertainment centres since 2013 to prevent operators from abusing the centres.
“We took this step three years ago to prevent operators from turning the centres into gambling dens and massage parlours,” said state Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Jalaludin Alias.
“It is safe to say that we have resolved many problems related to these centres since the decision was implemented.”
Datuk Seri Mhd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz