Mon cab­i­net to de­cide fate of banned KTVS

The Myanmar Times - Weekend - - Front Page - NAW BETTY HAN naw­bet­ty­han@mm­times.com

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.

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