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FT Ministry Never Issued Liceses For GROs At Entertainment Centres

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KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Ministry has confirmed that there were no licence terms issued for guest relations officers
in any pub or nightclub premises in the capital, nor in Labuan or Putrajaya.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Dr Loga Bala Mohan said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Putrajaya Corporation and Labuan Corporation did not issue the licences because licences for such activities did not exist.

“DBKL has approved a total of 100 pub and nightclub premises in Kuala Lumpur, and Labuan Corporation has only issued 37 business licences for entertainment centres under the Entertainment Act to date,” he said in reply to Senator Datuk Yahaya Mat Ghani at the Dewan Negara here, today.

Loga Bala said that Putrajaya Corporation had never issued any pub or night club licences, as there were no such premises there.

“Labuan Corporation has also set a policy of not issuing any more entertainment centre licences, except for the hospitality sector,” he added.

Meanwhile, in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Mohd Salim Sharif @ Mohd Sharif on the same matter, Loga Bala said the implementation of aggressive operational measures and strict enforcement by DBKL to seize illegal entertainment centres have yielded positive results.

“The actual current situation is that many illegal entertainment centres in Kuala Lumpur have been closed, and DBKL has blacklisted the names of the premises owners from re-applying for operating licences, for operating illegally, or in violation of the licence conditions,” he said.

Loga Bala said the ministry paid close attention to the issue of foreign GROs by carrying out integrated enforcement operations with the Ministry of Home Affairs (MOHA), as well as other related agencies.

He said, however, the ministry was not responsible for arresting the foreign GROs, as it was under MOHA’s jurisdiction.-Bernama

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