‘Octopus Ride’ incident: KPKT recommends strict action against the organizers

‘Octopus Ride’ incident: KPKT recommends strict action against the organizers

PUTRAJAYA: The Ministry of Development and Local Government (KPKT) recommends strict action be taken against the organizers of the fun fair at Eco Grandeur Puncak Alam, Kuala Selangor for operating without a license resulting in injuries to three visitors last Monday.

Its minister Nga Kor Ming said the ministry had informed the local authorities (PBT) of the area to take action in accordance with Section 6 (1) of the Selangor State Entertainment and Places of Entertainment Enactment 1995.

“I was informed that the fun fair did not get permission to operate, so I recommend that strict action be taken for organizing a fun fair without a license. I hope there are no more parties who just take risks and organize fun fairs that endanger safety,” he said.

He said this when asked to comment on the development of the incident at a press conference regarding the fire department’s preparedness to face the northeast monsoon here today.

According to the enactment, such an offense carries a maximum fine of RM25,000 or imprisonment of up to three years, if convicted.

In the incident last Monday night, two women and a child were injured after falling while riding the ‘Octopus Ride’ game which was spinning at the fairground and video and pictures of the incident went viral on social media.

Kuala Selangor Municipal Council Chairperson Rahilah Rahmat reportedly said that the fairgrounds were confiscated on Nov 29 because they did not get an operating license from the PBT, but the operator of the playground continued to operate.

Meanwhile, Selangor Menteri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari also asked for a report and investigation to be made on the safety aspects at the carnival site, in addition to reminding PBT to look into this aspect so that the same incident does not happen again.


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