IPOH – The state government will amend the Perak Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment 1997 to provide the actual definition of a Family Entertainment Centre (PHK) following the misuse of the licence through illegal gambling, it was stated in the State Legislative Assembly today.
State Women Development, Social Welfare, Housing and Local Government Committee chairman Datuk Rusnah Kassim said the amendment, among others, was aimed at enhancing the enforcement of controls to avoid confusion.
“All PHK licences are regulated under the same enactment and thus confusion arises and business owners take advantage by conducting illegal gambling.
“When improvements are made to the enactment, the state government will review and reconsider if PHK licensing is to be continued or scrapped altogether,” she said when replying to a supplementary question from Datuk Sham Mat Sahat (BN-Alor Pongsu).
Rusnah also said that last year, a total of 34 licences were issued in the state compared to 16 this year.
For the whole of 2015 and so far this year, 34 premises with PHK licence were raided and misuse of licence for gambling activities was detected, she said.
“Forty-eight arrests were made and 73 units of gambling machines and cash totalling RM16,634 were seized,” she said.
For the same period, 38 raids were made on the premises which did not renew the licence and were operating illegally, she said, adding that this led to 437 arrests and seizure of 562 gambling machines and RM56,799 cash. – BERNAMA