Mon cabinet to decide fate of banned KTVS
The Mon State government will on February 12 discuss the ban on KTV bars near a university in the area after operators appealed to the authorities to renew their licenses.
THE Mon State government was to discuss a petition by owners of KTV bars in the area to reconsider its decision not to renew their business licenses.
U Myint Than Win, spokesman of the Mon State government office, said that KTV bars have closed since they lost their licenses and their fate will be decided in the cabinet meeting The owners presented their tax receipts to the government and they want the government to check if they have complied with the requirements of the licenses issued to them,” he said.
Twenty-three KTV owners sent a petition requesting renewal of their licenses. They said their workers and about 50 girls who worked in their KTVS also appealed to the chief minister, as they don’t want to lose their jobs in the town, which would force them to move to border areas to earn a living, U Myint Than Win said.
“The state government needs to check whether these establishments are too close to universities. We also need to check their tax payments,” he said.
“After inspection, we might extend their licenses and allow them to continue doing business. A meeting will be held on February 12 to decide this.”
KTV owners sent their request letter to the chief minister on January 2 and over 100 KTV workers sent their appeal to the government to reopen the KTV bars on January 15.
“If all KTVS were shut down, the regular tax would fall suddenly, as KTVS pay an average of K6 million (US$4,480) in taxes to the Revenue Department annually,” said U Hla Myint, spokesman of the KTV Owners Association.
He said authorities should check the KTVS, and those that follow regulations must be given permits to operate again.
U Hla Myint said they cannot be shut down totally because their businesses operate within the rules and regulations of the Revenue Department and state government.
KTVS have to pay excise duty tax to the Revenue Department, food sales tax to the state Municipal Department and labour tax to the Labour Department every year, said U Kyaw Htwe, the owner of Shwe Myit Thar Family KTV.
“KTVS are located about 3000 yards and 5000 yards from Mawlamyine University. Some KTVS are 10,000 yards away from the university. When we first got a license, the authorities came and checked our distance from the school,” U Kyaw Htwe said.
“There is no state or regions that does not have KTVS,” he added.
Some residents say all KTVS should not be shut down, but they need to abide by the rules.
“KTV is a kind of entertainment for the public. The government just needs to control the KTVS with laws, but they should not be closed,” said U Kyaw Kyaw, a resident of Mawlamyine township.
According to the municipality, there are 86 KTV bars in Mon State, 32 in Mawlamyine township, 11 in Kyaik Hto township, five in Belin township, seven in Tha Hton township, seven in Paung township, four in Thanphyu Zayat township, in 14 in Ye township.