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Angkasa: It’s not that we are not paying for DBKL’s entertainment licenses, but it is unreasonably priced at RM77,000

On 24 July, another live art and event venue, Angkasa Event Space, was raided and temporarily closed by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for not having a permit and entertainment license.

Speaking to Getaran, the owner of Angkasa, Mohd Zulhelmie Zullifan shared that those who want to open such establishments must fork out at least RM77,000 for an RM50,000 deposit with the city council and another RM27,000 to obtain an entertainment licence.

“We are quite disappointed because this is the first time we have made a mistake and DBKL immediately sealed off the event hall without any warning. Furthermore, we do not have the means to pay for an entertainment licence, but rely on a hall licence for events such as these.”

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“To get Angkasa back, we have to pay a compound of RM50,000. If we appeal, we may only have to pay RM25,000,” he said, adding that entertainment licenses are unreasonably priced, especially for small venue owners.

“It’s not that we want to run away (from licences) or do not want to pay at all, but the amount is too high and unreasonable for any owner of a small venue,” 

“I’m not the only owner feeling the pinch, but other event spaces are also experiencing this issue,” he said.

Taking to his Twitter account, Mohd Zulhelmie shared that apart from the entertainment licenses, the authorities said Angkasa would need another permit as the event featured a deejay and appeared to be a nightclub show.

He also explained that the entertainment permits for individual events cost only RM49, but they still need to prepare RM30,000 deposits for international acts, and RM10,000 for local artists.

“It’s not that we have never applied for an entertainment permit. We once got it for an event with an Indonesian artist. We then need to pay a deposit of RM30,000 to DBKL.”

“But when the event was over, we had to wait for months to get our money back. After more than 4 months, I had to write a letter of support just to ask for our deposit back because I have to pay the employees,” he shared.

In his thread, Mohd Zulhelmie explained that the deposit is to ensure that performances are in accordance with regulations.

“This deposit is usually held because they do not want organisers to break the rules. If there are any unwanted incidents, the deposit will be burned. For example, artists undressing on stage, indecent behaviour and so forth,” he added.

In the comment section, those who are involved in live music and events scene showed their solidarity and support for Mohd Zulhelmie and Angkasa Event Space.

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