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Thursday October 31, 2013 MYT 11:09:46 AM
by priya menon
Take it away: The enforcement officers removing the grill from one of the stalls.
SEVERAL traders at Medan Selera Prima 2 Section 2, Shah Alam, had their goods seized by the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) during a joint operation.
They were penalised for setting up chairs and tables on the pathway and using charcoal grills, which have been banned.
One premises was sealed for extreme filth while four others were issued compounds and notices for not having food handling course certificate.
A canopy and 41 tables were seized during the operation at the food court which had a total of 47 stalls.
Fruit-juice stallowner Malek Abdul Manan, 66, who had goods worth RM3,000 seized, questioned the decision, saying they had always put the tables and chairs within a designated boundary.
The operation was conducted as part of MBSA’s Jom Bersih campaign.
“We were never briefed about the guidelines and no one has said anything in the past, so this is not right,” said Kota Anggerik Petty Traders and Traders Association chairman Hanim Mohd Said.
During the raid, items including grills were seized from traders operating in the privately-managed food court. The food court is famous for its ikan bakar.
“Without the grills, we will lose a lot of business,” said Hanim.
She asked why were the charcoal grills banned in Section 2 when they were still allowed in other parts of Shah Alam.
Traders also complained about the maintenance of the food court.
Rubiah Mat Darus, 63, said many chairs and tables were broken, while cleaners only come once a day.
“We operate from 6am to midnight so the place has to be cleaned frequently. I have to clean the area around my stall myself,” she said.
In response, MBSA’s Licensing and Enforcement director Rosli Bakar said the rules applied to everyone.
He said the traders had been informed in the past about the regulations.
“The food court operators should ensure its cleanliness,” he said.
He added MBSA no longer allowed charcoal grills and traders should prepare their grilled fish over a gas stove inside their own stalls.
MBSA Urban Services director Dr Roslan Fadzil said the operation at the food court and the surrounding shoplots was a follow-up to the Health Ministry’s check earlier this month.
He said the council would conduct monthly checks to ensure the place was properly maintained.
“The Zone Bersih campaign involves Sections 2,3,4 and 5.” he said.
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