GET CONSENT FIRST:City Hall yet to receive applications from clubs and pubs
MANY food and beverage outlets are expected to cash in on the UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012) which kicks off early tomorrow morning. However, till yesterday, City Hall has yet to receive any application from the operators to extend their operating hours.
City Hall deputy director-general (socio-economy development) Datuk Amin Nordin Abd Aziz said it was mandatory for operators of outlets serving alcohol to get permission if they plan to extend their operation hours.
"If the outlet intends to sell beer and liquor during the extended hours, then they need to apply for special permission," he said after visiting families who lost their homes in a fire in Segambut.
Amin said that if the permission was granted by the city council, the business operators would have to pay a fee of RM30 for each additional hour of operation.
"Once the committee approves the extension, the business operators and the police will be notified of the extension. Those who are caught operating beyond the stipulated operating hours will be compounded," he said.
However, Amin said, the pubs and clubs did not have to apply for special permission to extend their operation hours if they ceased selling alcohol after 3am.
He said only pubs and clubs in the city are allowed to extend their operation hours. Those in residential areas are not allowed to do so.
As for mamak stalls and restaurants, Amin said they are not required to apply for special permission to extend their operation hours.
"They are allowed to open till late but they must keep the noise level low. We will take action if we receive any complaints from the public," he said.
Bangsar Business Council president Ronnie Quay questioned the rationale of City Hall imposing restrictions on the food and beverage outlets.
"We have had live screenings of the World Cup, cricket and rugby matches and we never had to ask for permission.
"So, why should we do now. This move will cause a lot of hassle for business operators," he said.
Quay said the city council should look into imposing their restrictions on mamak outlets that operate 24 hours. "City Hall need to control the crowd at the mamak stalls. They are the ones that are making all the noise," he said.
Bangsar Baru Residents Association Datuk George Joseph said the residents have no qualms about the pubs in Bangsar showcasing the matches.
"Most of the food and beverage outlets in Bangsar are located away from the residential areas As long as they close their doors and don't blast the sound then it should be ok," he said.
Last week, Streets had quoted Mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail as saying that all owners of clubs and pubs would have to apply for special permission from City Hall if they want to extend the operation hours of their outlets during the Euro 2012 matches which will be shown at midnight and 2.45am.