GOPENG, April 4 – Beginning next year, family entertainment centres will not be allowed to operate in Perak due to rampant licence abuse by premise owners. State entrepreneur development and cooperatives, consumer affairs, non-governmental organisations and civil society committee chairman Datuk Samsuddin Abu Hassan said the issuance and renewal of licences for family entertainment centres would cease from 2017.
“Lately, abuse of licences by premise owners was getting rampant, including turning the entertainment centres into gambling joints for students. So, the state government had to take several measures, including non-issuance of new licences while existing licences will be allowed to operate until Dec 31 this year, on condition the licence is not abused,” he added.
Samsuddin was speaking to the reporters after attending the Round Table Conference to Combat Gambling Machines with non-governmental organisations and parent-teacher associations organised by Jaringan Melayu Malaysia (JMM) here on Sunday.
He said the decision to stop the renewal of licences for family entertainment centres was made at the state exco meeting recently. According to Samsuddin, there are currently 129 family entertainment centres in the state, with 123 in Ipoh, Hilir Perak (four) and Batu Gajah (two).