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Labuan chamber wants cops to go easy on checks
Published on: Saturday, August 03, 2019
By: Sohan Das

LABUAN: The Labuan Chinese Chamber of Commerce (LCCC) has appealed to the police here to take into consideration the island’s present depressed economy when conducting certain enforcement activities.

Its Chairman, Datuk Wong Kii Yii, said LCCC was certainly supportive of enforcement, as it is an important measure to deter crimes and social misbehaviors.

“But they (police) must be flexible in some enforcement. Checks on entertainment outlets, for example, should be based on reliable information and conducted on their employees and not customers who could have come from Brunei or other places for recreation,” he said. 

He said this after leading a seven-member LCCC delegation to pay a courtesy call on Labuan Police Chief Supt Muhamad Farid Ahmad. 

“Checks on visitors to entertainment outlets, which include urine test in some cases, will only spoil their mood,” he added. 

He stressed that the entertainment sector is an important component of the tourism industry and if words got around that such checks are frequent in Labuan, many may shy away from visiting the island and opt for alternative destinations like Miri, Limbang or Brunei. 

“Labuan, even though a duty-free island, would then be a loser,” he said.

Wong also requested that the operating hours of entertainment outlets be extended to 3am, with the last drink to be served at 2.30am, from the present 2am.

On parking violations, Wong urged the traffic police to be more lenient on vehicles parked for a few minutes in undesignated spots without causing any serious obstruction as the drivers could be just collecting takeaway food pack or other items from nearby.

He also said parking summonses should be issued only to persistent vehicle owners who refused to move their vehicles after being given a warning.



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