PETALING JAYA: There was no need for the US embassy to issue an advisory to its citizens to avoid visiting a popular nightspot in Kuala Lumpur, said Deputy Home Minister Nur Jazlan Mohamed.
He said the embassy should have instead informed the police if it had information of alleged “coordinated drink-spiking” at The Beach Club in Jalan P Ramlee.
He said the security alert gave a negative impression and gave a wrong portrayal of the country, Bernama reported.
It also gave the impression that all nightclubs were involved in drink-spiking, he said after attending a function in Johor Bahru.
Nur Jazlan said he would get police to investigate further as sometimes people will complain on social media but not lodge police reports to enable the authorities to investigate.
Last night, the embassy issued a security alert stating that The Beach Club was off limits to “all personnel under Chief of Mission authority”, citing a recurrence of drink-spiking incidents, which were first reported in 2015.
“The prohibition was not based on one singular event, but was developed after a careful review of historical events associated with this venue,” it said in a statement on its website.
It also warned US citizens to be careful when driving or walking about and not to wear too much jewellery.
The Star Online said the embassy had issued a similar advisory in 2015 against visiting the nightclub after several alleged incidents of foreigners there being drugged.
Nur Jazlan said police will check if other nightclubs had experienced such alleged drink-spiking.
He said sometimes the owners were not aware of what was happening as this was the work of bartenders and waiters to charge higher prices.
He said for example, a Coke may be priced at RM10 but a Coke Plus, with Eramin 5 or Ecstasy, may be offered for RM30 or RM40.
He said it was sometimes difficult to determine whether the customers wanted the extras in their drinks and also to prove the offence.