City Hall permanently blacklists Crackhouse Comedy Club owner from registering any business in KL

KUALA LUMPUR: The owner of the Crackhouse Comedy Club has been permanently blacklisted from registering a business license for any premises in the city.

Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias the matter was decided during Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) licensing committee's meeting on July 29.

The committee agreed to revoke the business license of the comedy club effective July 30.

"We also decided to permanently blacklist the owner of the club from registering a business license in Kuala Lumpur.

"This means that the owner of the club cannot register any business activity in the city, even if he is using a different name and company," he said.

Jalaluddin said this at a press conference after leading an integrated operation at the Kuala Lumpur wholesale market here today.

He added monitoring was ongoing on several clubs suspected of being involved in such activities around the capital.

"Every entertainment license that we issue to each premise must follow the rules set.

"For those found to have violated the licensing conditions, they will not be spared from stern action against them," he said, adding that monitoring and inspections will be carried out periodically by City Hall.

On July 10, the Crackhouse Comedy Club in Taman Tun Dr Ismail was ordered to shut temporarily.

The club did not have an entertainment licence from 2014 to 2017, while the licences approved for the club since 2018 was for restaurant operations and the selling of liquor and not for entertainment.

On July 22, the club owner Mohammad Rizal Johan Van Geyzel was charged in the Sessions Court with three counts of posting insulting remarks touching on religious and racial sensitivities.

He, however, pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Earlier, Nuramira Abdullah, 26, who performed at the club, was accused of insulting Islam by admitting she was a Muslim and had memorised 15 juzuk (chapters) of the Quran, before taking off her baju kurung at the premises on June 4.

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