The comedy club, a popular venue for stand-up comedies, was at the center of controversy after a music video showing a Muslim woman removing her hijab on stage went viral. — Photo by Devan Manuel
By Julia Chan
Saturday August 20, 2022 11:52 MYT
KUALA LUMPUR, Aug 20 – Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng today asked Deputy Federal Lands Minister Jalaluddin Alias to explain why owners of a closed comedy club involved in a controversy are banned forever to open a business in the capital.
The DAP lawmaker claimed to have been told by a ‘credible source’ that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall Licensing Committee (DBKL) had only recommended blacklisting the owners of the Crackhouse Comedy Club at Taman Tun Dr. Ismail to register any business for a year instead of the lifetime ban as announced by the Deputy Minister last Wednesday.
“So I demand an explanation from Jalaluddin – did he make the announcement out of his own free will, contrary to the recommendation of the DBKL Licensing Committee?
“If so, what was his motive? Lim asked in a statement.
Lim said that even DBKL must follow established rules and laws and Jalaluddin must publicly explain his reason and cite which laws allow for a lifetime ban on businesses.
He asked if the deputy was aware that entertainment licenses are issued to businesses and not to individuals.
“While I don’t condone actions or statements aimed at insulting a religion or race, I also disapprove of any ban by authorities that defies rules and regulations,” he said.
Kepong MP Lim Lip Eng said that even DBKL must follow established rules and laws and Jalaluddin must publicly explain his reason and cite which laws allow a lifetime ban on businesses. — Photo by Hari Anggara
Media quoted Jalaludin as saying that DBKL had issued an order to shut down the Crackhouse Comedy Club effective July 30 and its owners were forever banned from opening a business in Kuala Lumpur, even if they used a different name, allegedly for violating the terms of the commercial license. .
The comedy club, a popular venue for stand-up comedies, was at the center of controversy after a music video showing a Muslim woman removing her hijab on stage went viral.
The act was seen as an insult to Islam and the woman later identified as Siti Nuramira Abdullah and her partner Alexander Navin Vijayachandran who posted the video online were both later charged in court.
The anonymous owners of the comedy club have since been reported saying they plan to challenge the ban and have sent a letter of formal notice to KL Mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.