Take safety measures for year-end parties, Johor entertainment outlets urged

JOHOR BARU - Johor entertainment outlets have been instructed to take more safety measures to prevent any untoward incident amidst the celebrations.

The steps suggested included brightening up parking areas as well as at the front and back of the outlets, and increase the number of bouncers and attendants at the night clubs, said Johor Entertainment Outlet Operators Association President Tan Yam Meng.

"We have a lot of tourists from Singapore and Indonesia coming into Johor Baru to usher in the New Year, so we have to take extra precautionary measures to leave a good impression, not just during the festive period," he said here yesterday.

Tan added that while it was the outlet's initiative to hire more bouncers and security guards during such periods, he hoped that the police would continue to step up patrol and presence to maintain public order.

Johor police chief Senior Deputy Comm Datuk Mohd Mokhtar Mohd Shariff said more personnel and patrolling units would be deployed to a few popular hotspots in the city such as The Zone - which has a series of nightclubs and lounges -as well as Danga Bay and Dataran Bandaraya where countdown events were usually organised.

SDCP Mohd Mokhtar added that the common crimes committed during the festive periods were illegal motorcycle and car racing, drunk driving and petty brawls.