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Whilst we been busy with the Hindraf issue, the “Little Napoleons” have been quietly busy with something else too.
Majlis Perbandaran Petaling Jaya (MBPJ) have revised the procedure for all hair salons, beauty centres, massage parlours and cyber cafes in Petaling Jaya for licences application if they want to continue operations next year.
Nothing wrong with it, after all annual licence applications and renewals is part and parcel of city administration but this is what I don’t get:-
Another new requirement is the compulsory registration of customers of their names, identity card numbers, nationality and addresses. The records must be available for inspection by council officers at any time.
That is where it starts to stink.
Assuming you needed a hair cut and just “happen” to be near a hair salon in Petaling Jaya. You walk in for a quick haircut, only to be asked by owner to provide your full name, addresses and identity card number. The first question that you will ask is “what for” – right? If the hair salon insists on getting the details, you probably will walk away to another shop. Or you will give or collaborate with the owner to input false information. Who is going to spend time checking, you may ask yourself.
When businesses raised the same concern, this was the response:-
A council licensing department officer said, however, that hair salons would not need to get all the details but just the names and identity card numbers of their customers. The officer said a more detailed explanation on the requirement would be given to business operators when they send in their fresh applications for the licences.
When contacted, Kampung Tunku assemblyman and MBPJ councillor Datuk Dr Wong Sai Hou said the new ruling was implemented because there were new bylaws passed by the state for all municipal councils to follow.
Names and identity card number for just a haircut? Ya, right! It sure smells fishy here. Just what the Little Napoleons trying to do? Go after the people who frequent the hair salons and cyber cafes and impose their own set morality?
And just what the State Government is trying to do here if not for…for…hey, wait a minute. Does it make sense now? Is this another way for the State Government to close down hair salons, beauty centres, massage parlours and cyber cafes without directly closing them down? Doesn’t the massage parlours and cyber cafes been deemed as “sinful” place by some religion zealots? What a quick but indirect way to shut down these sinful places?
You break the law – bam! The shop is sealed off or the license is revoked. Businesses will definitely suffer too – who in the sound mind want to visit salons where their names, addresses and identity numbers are taken and passed to the State Government. Who knows what will happen once this piece of information is taken down? Sold in a bulk to “identity thieves”? Or put into a big database to monitor who and when visits to hair salons, beauty centres, massage parlours and cyber cafes? And one day, go after these clients?
If the Government wants to make law, it is fine by me but it has to be logical and practical as well. Why the big secrecy on the details? Why they have to wait until the business operators submits their applications? If it is a law that will be implemented, isn’t it better to let the details out early – so that the business operators will be more prepared and inform their clients? Will MPPJ come out in the open and be more transparent about this little “requirement”?
What’s next? Name, address and identity card number when I visit the public toilet? This stinks man!
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