DBKL: Indoor Oktoberfest events don’t need approval

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KUALA LUMPUR — Events to celebrate Oktoberfest do not require special approval from City Hall if conducted indoors by outlets already selling alcohol, mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said.

He said City Hall has yet to receive applications to hold such events.

“No permission is required if the event is held indoors as the outlets are already selling alcohol,” Nor Hisham told the media after opening the Kuala Lumpur Strata Community convention themed Strata Community: Joint Responsibility at the DBKL Training Institute in Bandar Tun Razak yesterday.

“We will not allow for ostentatious display of banners and other forms of advertising to promote the event,” he added

On Wednesday, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the guidelines to organise such events include holding the function in a controlled area and to ensure that Muslims do not attend.

When asked about an Oktoberfest bash held in Mid-Valley yesterday, Nor Hisham said that the event was held indoors and there was no “loud advertising” of the affair.

Therefore, the function was allowed to be held.

In September last year, the Better Beer Festival, which had been held for five consecutive years, was cancelled after City Hall rejected the organisers’ application to hold the event, which would have been Malaysia’s largest craft beer festival.