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Call For Kelantan Government To Relax Condition On Entertainment

KOTA BAHARU, Dec 10 (Bernama) -- The Kelantan government has been urged to relax conditions governing entertainment in an effort to promote culture and arts for the state's tourism industry.

State Tourism Action Council chairman Datuk Abdul Aziz Derashid said the restrictions imposed by the government on entertainment performances had hampered the growth of the tourism industry in Kelantan.

He said the restrictions included for such performances to end before midnight and segregation of male and female audiences.

"The state government should relax the condition for performances organised by federal government agencies, especially the National Culture and Arts Department," he told reporters after opening a discourse on culture here on Thursday.

Abdul Aziz, who is Kuala Balah assemblyman said that despite the constraints, the National Culture and Arts Department had succeeded in organising various programmes in the state.

Among them, he said, was a dikir barat repertoire, involving 1,000 singers and musicians, which was entered into the Malaysia Book of Records.

"We want Kelantan to be a model as a state with the most unique culture and a population of diverse race and ethnic," he added.

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