Two elderly residents at Jalan Berangan, Bukit Bintang in Kuala Lumpur are suffering from sleepless nights since an adjacent house was converted into a nightclub three years ago, reported The Star.
60-year-old Y.M. Lou, who has hip osteoarthritis, said she and his 84-year-old father are struggling to sleep and their health is deteriorating due to the booming noise emanating from their neighbour.
“My entire living room even the walls and ceiling reverberate from the thumping base of the music, which usually starts at about 10pm and only stops until 3am or 3.30am the next day,” said Lou, adding that sometimes that party does not end until after 8am.
Moreover, they had to contend with drunkards making loud noise. Worse, sometimes a fight happens among the club-goers, and one time an injured person was found slumped in front of their gate.
“When I knew it was not going to stop and worried for my father and my own health, I decided to do something about it.”
So she began using a sound recorder to capture the loud noise each time it occurred and lodged many complaints to Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) from 2015 to 2017. Aside from making a number of police reports, she even asked the Public Complaints Bureau of the Prime Minister’s Department to intervene.
However, the authorities failed to address the issue. Lou said DBKL enforcement officers visited their area to look into this matter, but they just left after talking to the club owner.
She pointed out that before a business establishment is permitted to open in their area, a public consultation needs to be done and residents must be informed if a residential property will be converted into a commercial space.
“Any establishment seeking to open a commercial enterprise on Jalan Berangan must get permission from their neighbours and put up a signboard calling for feedback before anything is built.”
“There was a house that was turned into a hotel and they did put up a signboard. But the same courtesy was never offered to me. I want to know how DBKL allowed a nightclub to operate next to my house.”
Lou desperately calls for action as the adjacent nightclub continues to operate late at night until the early hours of the morning, depriving them of much-needed sleep and impacting their health.
DBKL said Jalan Beranang was a residential area, but the zoning was changed to commercial. However, before anyone can open a commercial business there, they are required to ask permission from the residents still living there.
According to mayor Tan Sri Mohd Amin Nordin Abd Aziz, clubs located on Dedicated Entertainment Zones (DEZ) are permitted to operate until 5am after being given special permission by the Cabinet in 2015. DEZ areas include Jalan Nagasari, Jalan Berangan, Jalan Doraisamy, Jalan Tun Razak, Jalan Bukit Bintang and Changkat Bukit Bintang.
“But this is subject to the operators following the rules and guidelines including installing CCTV and soundproofing systems,” noted Amin Nordin.
Regarding Lou’s issue, he said the nightclub is clearly committing multiple violations and promised to act against the business.
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