400-Strong Team Begins Raids on KL Nightspots

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A team of 400 government officials and activists has begun raids on nightclubs and entertainment outlets in the Federal Territory.

Declaring that entertainment clubs in the Federal Territories are not above the law, chief coordinator of Fight Illegal Activities Integrated Operation or Ops BAH, Azman Mahmood, dismissed claims that some entertainment outlets were granted immunity from prosecution.

“In the Federal Territories there are about 1,800 clubs which must be checked and we are going to all these clubs.

“If you have committed an offence, action will still be taken no matter what. There is no such thing as immunity,” he said after leading a raid on a prominent nightclub early yesterday.

Over 400 officers and members from 28 government agencies and 19 non-governmental organisations (NGOs) participated in the raid which began at 1am.

Following checks, three individuals were tested positive for methamphetamine while ten others were ordered to be present at the Federal Territories Islamic Religious Department (Jawi) for investigation under the Syariah Criminal Offences (Federal Territories) Act.

The premises was also found to have omitted the company’s name and registration number from the receipts issued to customers and 30 bottles of liquor were seized under Section 54(1) of the Excise Act 1976.

Nightclub raids were in the news earlier this month when an Umno politician was detained on suspicion of drug abuse. He said, however, that he had been “set up” and only had coffee. Kuala Lumpur police later cleared him after a negative urine test by KL Hospital.