BUDGET hotel owner Siah Chen Long on Wednesday became the first offender to lose his hotel licence for allowing prostitutes to ply their trade on his hotel premises.

The 53-year-old will not be allowed to run the Shing Hotel in Kitchener Road in Little India. But he could rent it out, or get someone else to take over the premises as a new licensee.

Siah, who had pleaded guilty and was convicted on Monday, was also fined $800.

The court heard how police officers from Central Police Division had spotted several foreign women loitering outside the hotel and approaching men passing by at about 1.20am on Feb 10.

The officers moved in after the women had gone into the hotel with the men.
They checked three guest rooms and arrested the women for prostitution.

Hotel owner loses licence