Saturday, August 27, 2022

Action against Crackhouse Comedy Club, owners lawful, says DBKL

Action against Crackhouse Comedy Club, owners lawful, says DBKL

Lawyers for Crackhouse Comedy Club had described DBKL’s decision to revoke its licence and blacklist the owners as ‘unreasonable’ and ‘irrational’.

PETALING JAYA: The Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has defended its decisions to revoke Crackhouse Comedy Club’s operating license and permanently blacklist its owners from registering other businesses.

This comes after lawyers acting on behalf of the comedy club’s co-owners said they would initiate legal action against Kuala Lumpur mayor Mahadi Che Ngah unless he reversed the decisions taken against the club and the owners.

The firm had described DBKL’s decisions as “unreasonable” and “irrational”.

In a letter to Karpal Singh & Company sighted by FMT, the city council defended the action it took against the comedy club and its owners.

“The revocation of the premise’s licence was done in accordance with the provisions of the law based on the powers of the Kuala Lumpur mayor (as stipulated) under the Local Government Act 1976.”

The letter was signed by DBKL legal and prosecution department director Nasrul Zaki Mohd Yunus.

The blacklisting followed the suspension of the comedy club’s licence by DBKL early last month over a video clip that went viral showing a Malay woman removing her baju kurung to reveal a dress underneath when performing during the open-mic night for guests at the club.

The woman and her boyfriend were later arrested and charged.

The club’s co-owner, Rizal van Geyzel, was also arrested when several old videos of controversial comedy performances resurfaced.

He was charged in the Kuala Lumpur sessions court with three counts of uploading videos on his three social media platforms that allegedly touched on racial and religious sensitivities.

He pleaded not guilty and was released on bail.


  1. Revocation of a license for breaking the conditions of a licence, I can accept as lawful..

    Black listing an individual from all other business licences for life is a judicial action, which can only be done through Due Process by a Court, and subject to legal appeal, even if a Judge orders it.

    1. Agreed. But this is kerajaan allah. So, no surprises there