Reinvigorating nightlife in KL and the Klang Valley
By Hafidz Baharom
There have been a couple of challenges facing the nightlife in Kuala Lumpur and the Klang Valley recently due to the pandemic and the government’s policies in dealing with it.
Couple this with the stricter laws on drink driving, nightlife in KL and the Klang Valley have taken a large hit. While e-hailing options are available, there are a few ways which the local councils and also the federal government can play a role in revitalising these spots.
Firstly, the order to stop operations on pubs, clubs and such, must be lifted, with approval from both the local council and MOH that these businesses follow the set standard operating procedure (SOP). This should not be too hard, seeing as how restaurants have been able to do the same without much trouble.
Secondly, with the stricter smoking laws, local councils could in fact come up with a ruling of how many smoking areas should be established for each shoplot cluster or even club, in order for patrons to obey the 3 metre rule.
Setting up smoking areas would also allow the usage of boards to advertise MOH public service announcements both on the pandemic and also their anti-smoking campaign. If local councils wish, they can also approach tobacco and e-cigarette companies to fund such smoking areas for the comfort of patrons.
Thirdly, due to the stricter law on drink driving which would limit the average patron to a pint of beer or stout before being unable to drive, we need to talk about e-hailing and also late night public transport.
Nightlife areas should have a late night service public transport network which will allow those partaking in such activities to choose an option of heading out and back again without having to drive.
And the fact is that some of those who drink and drive, will not be able to afford the increased surcharge from a taxi or e-hailing service. As such, buses and the trains should be made available for services to particular areas, especially between KL City Centre and the Klang Valley.
A pilot project should be started with a Night Bus service from the KL Sentral/Museum Negara MRT stop with a bus to TREC, and another from LRT Bangsar and Bukit Damansara MRT with a bus to the Telawi and BSC area respectively, should be enough for a start.
A similar facility could be started for SS17 Subang Jaya, Sunway Pyramid, and the Taman Tun Dr Ismail area surrounding the TTDI Market.
The availability of hotels for people to crash in would also reinvigorate the hotel industry as people choose to sleep off a hangover until the next morning.
On top of all this, it would also allow a new stream of revenue for the MRT Line and buses – advertising from clubs and nightlife spots which can list out events on the trains to entice public transport users – an often underrepresented group which would have disposable income after the launch of the My30 Rapid Pass.