Mayor: City Hall li­cence freeze has been in place for more than a decade

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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

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