Man Fined $12K for Opening KTV Outlet in Jalan Besar During Phase 1


When the pandemic was at its peak here, we bid farewell to our (essential) bubble teas as many business operators had to close their outlets during the Circuit Breaker (CB) period.

While the majority abide by the rules, one KTV operator kept his doors open to welcome customers.

Mr Leow Keng Chun was fined $12,000 after pleading guilty yesterday, 5 November, to three charges of failing to ensure his premises were closed to entry, supplying liquor within a liquor control zone when he had no authorisation and providing public entertainment without a valid licence.

Five People Were in the Outlet During Phase 1

Mr Leow is the operator of DRINKITUP, a KTV outlet at Jalan Besar.

Despite knowing that his outlet was not allowed to operate during Phase 1, Mr Leow continued to let customers in.

On 5 June 2020, Mr Leow allowed five people into his KTV outlet. To avoid being seen by the authorities, he let them in from the back entrance.

His outlet was located at the top floor of a three-storey shop house.


After the people were in the outlet, Mr Leow then kept the door locked from inside.

According to TODAYonline, a team of police officers carried out enforcement checks at the building on the same day at around 11pm.

Mr Leow admitted that there were five others at his outlet and shouted for them to open the door, but no one responded.

An officer then broke a glass panel beside the door and unlocked it.


The authorities found three Singaporean men aged between 25 and 39, and two Vietnamese women aged 19 and 24 in the outlet.

Two of the men were customers, while the two women were Vietnamese hostesses.

The two men reached at 9.30pm that day. They had booked a room to sing and drink alcohol.

The two women were hostess who waited on the two men. They were planning to tip the hostess $200 each for their companionship at the end of the night.

The third man was the main tenant of the building who was in a separate room at the time.

KTV Even Got Service~

Mr Leow had sold beer towers to the two customers and allowed them to use the KTV system in the room.

In addition, he did not enforce them to put on face masks or take other precautions to prevent the spread of Covid-19.

As a result, Mr Leow flouted the Covid-19 (Temporary Measures) (Control Order) Regulations 2020.

Operator Did Not Possess Relevant Licenses

In addition, two other laws were flouted.

As Mr Leow’s KTV outlet was located in a liquor control zone, he needed authorisation to sell alcohol, which he did not have.


In addition, Mr Leow allowed music to be played even though he does not possess a valid public entertainment licence.

No one knows how much he earns from that day, but it’s definitely not worth the $12,000 fine.

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