Selangor may follow KL lead in closing entertainment outlets at 1am

Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari says his administration will review the policy based on certain factors, including the location and whether there are houses nearby.

SHAH ALAM: The Selangor government may restrict entertainment outlets in the state to operate only until 1am, in line with a policy to be adopted by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) next year.

Selangor Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari

Menteri Besar Amirudin Shari said today his administration will review the policy based on certain factors, including the location and whether there are houses nearby.

Amirudin had previously said that entertainment outlets were allowed to operate until 3am and, generally, these venues were located far from residential areas.

“But I will bring this matter up at the next Exco meeting in a week or two for discussion,” he said when met at the state assembly.

Amirudin was asked if Selangor would follow City Hall to limit the operating hours of entertainment outlets.

On Thursday, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said such outlets in Kuala Lumpur will have to abide by the closing hours stated in their licences starting Jan 1 or face action.

He also said DBKL would also review the operating hours of a few outlets that had been given special permission to stay open until 5am to cater to tourists but they had abused that privilege by allowing locals in.

Khalid’s statement did not go down well with some, including lawyer-activist Siti Kasim who lashed out at the Amanah MP, saying people were not children to be told where they could or could not go after 1am.

He defended the move by pointing out that entertainment outlets in other countries, including the United Kingdom, were required to abide by similar regulations.