Jakarta. The Jakarta Department of Tourism and Culture will compel entertainment establishments in the capital to obtain new operating permits to prevent the use of their premises for inappropriate purposes, an official said.
Tonny Bako, head of industry and tourism at the department, said several establishments were either unable to show, or were found to have expired operating permits, during unannounced inspections in five Jakarta districts on Dec. 24-25.
"We will re-register them, because it is alleged that many of them have not extended their operating permits," Tonny said, as reported by Suara Pembaruan on Thursday (28/12).
Officials have issued warnings to the managements of various entertainment establishments, including karaoke bars, pubs, hotels and discotheques, that were not in possession of operating permits, Tonny said.
He added that the managements were invited to discuss the matter with the authorities on Wednesday.
Tonny said the Jakarta provincial government is also concerned about the alleged availability and use of illegal drugs at entertainment establishments. However, he did not provide any further details.
Members of the National Narcotics Agency (BNN) and a police antidrug unit discovered earlier this month that a nightclub in West Jakarta was used to produce and distribute drugs.