Clubs caught in blitz

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 20 September, 2008, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 20 September, 2008, 12:00am

Four karaoke nightclubs in old buildings have been prosecuted for lacking operating permits, the government has said. The clubs were caught in a safety inspection held following a fatal fire in Mong Kok last month.

More than 100 fire-warning notices were also issued during the month-long inspection, which targeted 81 karaoke bars in 64 residential and commercial premises built before 1987.

The inspections by a taskforce from the fire services, home affairs, environmental hygiene and buildings departments were continuing.

'The officers will complete the inspection of all karaoke nightclubs in residential-commercial buildings constructed after 1987, as well as those located in commercial premises,' he said.