MBKS: Per­mit re­quired for live en­ter­tain­ments

The Borneo Post - - HOME - By Mar­i­lyn Ten re­porters@the­bor­neo­post.com

KUCHNG: En­ter­tain­ment out­let op­er­a­tors are re­minded to ap­ply for a per­mit if they in­tend to or­gan­ise live en­ter­tain­ments at their premises.

Ac­cord­ing to Kuch­ing South City Coun­cil ( MBKS) chief en­force­ment of­fi­cer Stan­d­ley Dikod, the coun­cil has of late en­coun­tered many en­ter­tain­ment out­lets as well as food out­lets and bistros un­der its ju­ris­dic­tion or­gan­is­ing live en­ter­tain­ments such as mu­si­cal per­for­mances with­out a proper li­cence.

“When­ever there is a live band per­for­mance for in­stance, this will al­ways gen­er­ate noise and we have re­ceived a lot of com­plaints from the public on this mat­ter,” he dis­closed dur­ing the MBKS Brief­ing and Di­a­logue on En­ter­tain­ment Out­lets and Ref lex­ol­ogy Cen­tres at its au­di­to­rium here yes­ter­day.

He pointed out that these days, en­ter­tain­ment or food out­lets of­ten in­vite buskers or mu­si­cians to per­form at their premises to at­tract cus­tomers.

“If you are still do­ing it now or in the process or have the in­ten­tion to or­gan­ise such event, please go through the proper chan­nel and ap­ply for the li­cence,” he in­formed those present dur­ing the di­a­logue com­pris­ing en­ter­tain­ment out­let

When­ever there is a live band per­for­mance for in­stance, this will al­ways gen­er­ate noise and we have re­ceived a lot of com­plaints from the public on this mat­ter.

op­er­a­tors as well as re­flex­ol­ogy cen­tre op­er­a­tors.

“Even though you may have the li­cence to op­er­ate as an en­ter­tain­ment out­let, but for this of­fence, we can take ac­tion by is­su­ing com­pound or bring you to court,” he warned.

Stan­d­ley also re­layed that one of the main is­sues the coun­cil of­ten faced when­ever its en­force­ment of­fi­cers car­ried out its in­spec­tion was that en­ter­tain­ment out­lets or ref lex­ol­ogy cen­tres tend to op­er­ate be­yond the per­mit­ted hours.

“The op­er­at­ing hour for en­ter­tain­ment out­lets is up to 2.30am whereas for ref lex­ol­ogy cen­tres, they can op­er­ate up to 12 mid­night.

“Some of these op­er­a­tors were found to have breached the li­cence con­di­tion es­pe­cially for en­ter­tain­ment out­lets dur­ing week­ends and public hol­i­days where they were found to op­er­ate

Stan­d­ley Dikod, Kuch­ing South City Coun­cil chief en­force­ment of­fi­cer

even up to 5am,” he re­vealed.

Nev­er­the­less, he said MBKS was closely mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion and when­ever these op­er­a­tors are found to have vi­o­lated the con­di­tion, the coun­cil will take the ap­pro­pri­ate ac­tion such as com­pound­ing, is­su­ing of no­tice, and so on.

Other is­sues en­coun­tered by the coun­cil, he added, were noise nui­sance, work­ers log­book which were not up to date, dif­fer­ent sig­nage name com­pared to the one is­sued on the li­cence and op­er­a­tion hours sig­nage that are no longer vis­i­ble.

Stan­d­ley fur­ther warned that those found to have vi­o­lated the li­cence con­di­tion would face penalty and/or sen­tence un­der the En­ter­tain­ment Or­di­nance, 2000 or the Ref lex­ol­ogy and Health Es­tab­lish­ment By-Laws, 2009.

“Our en­force­ment can is­sue com­pound un­der the ‘ Of­fer to Com­pound No­tice’ to of­fend­ers on the spot to those who do not com­ply to rules and reg­u­la­tions

“To sum it, op­er­a­tors can be com­pounded up to RM8,000 for var­i­ous of­fences and we can is­sue them each time we catch them com­mit­ting the said of­fence,” he re­marked.

He also stressed that fail­ure to pay the com­pound would re­sult in pros­e­cu­tion in court.

“If found guilty, the of­fender can be fined up to RM20,000, im­pris­oned up to five years or both,” he said, adding that apart from the com­pound and court penalty, the li­cence of the op­er­a­tor could also be re­voked.

Ear­lier, MBKS deputy mayor Hilmy Oth­man in his speech said the di­a­logue and brief­ing ses­sion served as a good plat­form for the coun­cil to com­mu­ni­cate, share, up­date and ob­tain valu­able feed­backs from the li­censees on is­sues con­cern­ing their busi­ness ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It is a vi­able chan­nel to com­mu­ni­cate with the coun­cil and other rel­e­vant agen­cies which are present at this ses­sion.”

Cur­rently, there are 145 li­censed re­flex­ol­ogy cen­tres and 110 en­ter­tain­ment out­lets un­der the ju­ris­dic­tion of MBKS.

Hilmy (sixth right) in a group photo with di­a­logue speak­ers and MBKS staff. — Photo by Chi­mon Upon

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