Ong Ka Chuan: Unreasonable to penalise charity concert organised by MCA youth for not having permit

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(KUALA LUMPUR 11 July) MCA Secretary-General Datuk Seri Ong Ka Chuan has described the decision by Kota Bharu Town Council to slap a charity concert organised by MCA youth with summons for not having an entertainment permit as an unreasonable act.

In a statement, he said the charity concert was held to raise fund for three Chinese primary schools with low enrolment in Kelantan. The event was an education oriented activity for social welfare. It was a charity concert and not an entertainment activity. The concert did not have any indecent performance too but it was slapped with fines for not having an entertainment permit. This is hard to accept.

He stressed that some of the local regulations set by the Kota Bharu Town Council such as female above 12-year old are banned from performing on stage, events held on Thursday night require permits are regulations imposing Islamic values on non-Muslims. Non-Muslims are affected by those regulations. This is obviously a violation against the religious rights of non-Muslims.

“We urge the Kota Bharu Town Council to withdraw the summons and review its regulations at the same time. Why is an event for charity, education, welfare and community development is seen as an entertainment programme? This reflects the unreasonableness in the administration of PAS-led state government.”