DBKL Cancels TTDI Comedy Club's Business Licence & Blacklists Its Owner For Life In KL

This means the Crackhouse Comedy Club's owner Rizal Van Geyzel cannot register any businesses in KL even if he uses another name and company.

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The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has cancelled the business licence of the Crackhouse Comedy Club in Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI), Kuala Lumpur following a recent controversy that touched on Islam

The decision was made on 29 July during a meeting where DBKL agreed to cancel the comedy club's licence with effect from 30 July, Federal Territories Deputy Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias said, adding that the club's owner has also been blacklisted for life from registering for a business licence in KL.

"This means that the club owner, Rizal Van Geyzel, cannot register any commercial activity in Kuala Lumpur even though it uses a different name and company," Jalaluddin said.

The matter was reported today, 17 August in Harian Metro among other local Malay dailies.

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According to Jalaluddin, DBKL is monitoring several comedy clubs that are suspected of carrying out similar activities around the capital

"Any entertainment licence that we issue for business owners must comply with rules and regulations and those who violate the licensing conditions will not be spared from strict action," he stressed.

Prior to this, Penang Mufti Datuk Seri Wan Salim Wan Mohd Noor had called for the club's permanent closure as an example for everyone who repeatedly and deliberately insults Islam.

Back in July, the comedy club was slapped with a temporary suspension order by DBKL amidst the controversy when a woman removed her headscarf and baju kurung during an open-mic session

In the days that followed, the woman and her partner were arrested, along with the club owner, with the Penang Mufti calling for the introduction of guidelines for comedy clubs. Read up on the coverage here:

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