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S Iswaran clarifies criteria for issuing Public Entertainment licences

Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran provided the clarifications in response to a question from Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh on why a Category 1 public entertainment licence had been denied to the music venue known as Broadcast HQ.

SINGAPORE: Clarifications were made on Tuesday in Parliament on the criteria for issuing Public Entertainment licences.

Second Minister for Home Affairs S Iswaran provided the clarifications in response to a question from Nominated Member of Parliament Janice Koh on why a Category 1 public entertainment licence had been denied to the music venue known as Broadcast HQ.

A Category 1 public licence allows for the playing of live music and singing or dancing by performers and customers.

A Category 2 licence on the other hand only allows for the transmission of recorded music.

Broadcast HQ, located along Rowell Road in Little India, was granted a Category 2 licence. The establishment is now no longer in operation.

Mr Iswaran explained that since 2012, no new Category 1 licences have been issued in the area around Rowell Road where Broadcast HQ was situated, given the incidence of vice and "other considerations".

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