Crackhouse Comedy Club’s business licence has been revoked and the owner have officially been blacklisted for life from registering a business license at any location within Kuala Lumpur, said Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias.
According to Harian Metro, he said the decision was made on 29 July during a meeting where the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) licensing committee agreed to cancel the comedy club’s business license with effect from 30 July.
“In fact, we have also decided to blacklist the owner of this club from registering a business license in Kuala Lumpur forever. This means that the owner of the club cannot register any business activities in Kuala Lumpur even if using a different name and company,” he said.
Meanwhile, Jalaluddin said the city hall is monitoring several other comedy clubs that are suspected of being involved in similar activities around the country’s capital.
“Any entertainment licence that we issue for business owner must comply with rules and regulations and those who violate the licensing conditions will not be spared from strict action,” he said.
“At the same time, actions, monitoring and inspections will be carried out periodically by DBKL because we don’t want anyone to escape our actions,” he added.
Last month, the comedy club was embroiled in controversy after a viral video of a woman claiming to be a Muslim and to have memorised 15 chapters (juzuk) of the Quran, before she started to take off her headscarf and baju kurung as the audience cheered her on.
Following the incident, the club had lodged a police report at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail police station against the woman, adding that she and her partner had been banned from the venue immediately after the performance.
A few days later, the co-founder of the club, Rizal van Geyzel was arrested for facilitating a probe into 3 videos that were said to cross religious and racial sensitivities.
A series of events also happened following that, with the club’s premises being vandalised with splashes of red paint.
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