KUALA LUMPUR: The Federal Territories Ministry hasÂ 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 KualaÂ Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Putrajaya Corporation and Labuan Corporation did notÂ issue the licences because licences for such activities did not exist.
“DBKL has approved a total of 100 pub and nightclub premises in KualaÂ Lumpur, and Labuan Corporation has only issued 37 business licences forÂ entertainment centres under the Entertainment Act to date,” he said in reply toÂ Senator Datuk Yahaya Mat Ghani at the Dewan Negara here, today.
Loga Bala said that Putrajaya Corporation had never issued any pub or nightÂ club licences, as there were no such premises there.
“Labuan Corporation has also set a policy of not issuing any moreÂ entertainment centre licences, except for the hospitality sector,” he added.
Meanwhile, in reply to a supplementary question from Datuk Mohd Salim SharifÂ @ Mohd Sharif on the same matter, Loga Bala said the implementation ofÂ aggressive operational measures and strict enforcement by DBKL to seize illegalÂ entertainment centres have yielded positive results.
“The actual current situation is that many illegal entertainment centres inÂ Kuala Lumpur have been closed, and DBKL has blacklisted the names of theÂ premises owners from re-applying for operating licences, for operatingÂ illegally, or in violation of the licence conditions,” he said.
Loga Bala said the ministry paid close attention to the issue of foreignÂ GROs by carrying out integrated enforcement operations with the Ministry of HomeÂ Affairs (MOHA), as well as other related agencies.
He said, however, the ministry was not responsible for arresting the foreignÂ GROs, as it was under MOHA’s jurisdiction.-Bernama