Kelantan approves a new draft entertainment bill with higher fines

KOTA BHARU – The Kelantan Government has approved a draft of the Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment Bill. It will be presented in the next session of the state legislative assembly.

The Deputy Chief Minister of Kelantan, Datuk Dr Mohamed Fadzli Hassan, said that after a thorough review by a parliamentary committee the proposed bill was to repeal and replace Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Control Enactment.

He said that the draft bill was presented to the State Executive Council for their consideration on 8 May and was then endorsed on 15 May.

Mohamed Fadzli responded to Norsham Semerak (PAS-Semerak), who asked about the Entertainment Control Enactment which hasn’t been amended in a very long time during Thursday’s state assembly session.

Mohamed Fadzli highlighted several enhancements in the new legislation, including the introduction new offences that prohibit entertainment activities which are inconsistent with morality and ethics.

He added that the bill also addresses offenses such as endorsing, or normalizing LGBTQ (lesbians, gays, bisexuals, transgenders, and queer), disrupting disharmony and insulting religion. It also advocates unrestricted gender-neutral social interaction.

He said that the proposed penalties for violations of this bill will be increased significantly from RM20,000 up to RM50,000 as a means to deter.

He said that the bill will streamline enforcement procedures in particular when it comes to investigating and confiscating electronic devices, as well as entertainment equipment.

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