KL's hot nightspots unplugged
Mon, Jan 04, 2010
The Daily Chilli

Let's get loud? Not at more in at Jalan P. Ramlee - the heart of Kuala Lumpur's nightlife hub .

KL City Hall (DBKL) has pulled the plug on the performances of live bands and barred the playing of loud DJ-spun music at the Beach Club, Thai Club, Aloha, Poppy Garden, Passion Club and Rum Jungle.

City Mayor Datuk Ahmad Fuad Ismail said the club owners had been told repeatedly to tone down the volumes before the action was taken.

He said there had been countless complaints that these nightspots were playing the music too loud and placing loud speakers in front of the premises.

"The owners should know that there is a limit to this. They also operate until the wee hours of the morning, especially on Sundays," he told reporters Monday after the launching of the DBKL Call Centre.

The revocation of the entertainment licences took effect from Jan 1.

He said Deputy director general Datuk Amin Nordin Abdul Aziz and other officers have on several occasions gone to the premises and heard the loud level of music one several times.

Amin Nordin said two of affected clubs looked like they had been embroiled in a "music war" , competing to see which was the loudest on the block, adding that his ear drums were at the point of bursting when he was at one of them.

The officers used sound level meters during checks. The permitted level for the area is 60 decibels but readings were taken at 80 decibels.

The mayor said DBKL had been receiving complaints on noise pollution since 2004.

"We don't want to be accused of not doing anything, or else people will say we are on the take,"

"We also don't want to set a precedent and let them get off just like that. The fact that you have a licence does not give you the right to do whatever you want," he said.

Local and foreign tourists, meanwhile, are unhappy over City Hall's move, saying that it would make the lively street dead and leave many jobless.

According to a local patron who wished to be identified only as Paul said there was no point coming to a club to enjoy drinks if there were no live bands, loud music or even deejays spinning tunes.

"It is ridiculous to come here and listen to piped-in music."

"Eventually, many of the patrons will stop showing up and business here would be affected," Paul, who visits The Beach Club (featured in the main picture) three times a week, said.

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