Why Khalid Samad is right about closing nightspots on time

If you haven’t read or heard, Federal Territory Minister Khalid Samad has been pushing for nightspots to close according to their licensed closing hours in Kuala Lumpur.

This was earlier met by brickbats by certain activists and even the industry. But honestly, if you bought a license that allows you to operate only up to 1AM, then you should adhere by it.

If nightclubs and nightspots wish to open later up to 3AM, 4AM and even 5AM as Khalid said there are such spots, then by all means apply for such a license.

This is not some religious issue or even some agenda to Islamicise the nightspots. It is about Kuala Lumpur City Hall enforcing their regulations in order to make sure that owners of such institutions pay up their licensing fees for opening later or shut down on time.

If anything, it reminds me of hanging out with David Wu in Greenwich last year and having a waiter tell us that they would be closing the outside seating areas at 7PM due to their “license”.

We didn’t even know that London had licenses for alfresco seating up to a certain hour. And perhaps, in a move for DBKL to look into, they should consider how to look at the licenses for entertainment and eateries when it comes to after hours (midnight and beyond) as well as outside seating areas.

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