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Thursday, 3 July 2014

Group urges councils to consider livelihood before taking action against traders

Working for a living: Vegetable trader J Ragu (right), who has been served with a stop-work notice, arranging some of the vegetables after setting up his stall.

Working for a living: Vegetable trader J Ragu (right), who has been served with a stop-work notice, arranging some of the vegetables after setting up his stall.

JOHOR BARU: The Johor Indian Business Association (JIBA) urged the relevant authorities to seriously consider the livelihood of traders before issuing notices and stopping them from operating their businesses.

Its president P. Sivakumar said that local councils should not act based only on public complaints but also consider the livelihood of traders before taking actions that could adversely affect their income.

He said this in relation to an incident where enforcement officers from the Kulaijaya Municipal Council (MPKu) had issued notices to six vegetable traders to stop all trading activities along Jalan Teknologi 5 in Taman Teknologi here.

This was the second time the council had issued the traders stop-work orders, as they were issued with a similar notice in the beginning of the month. However, they refused to stop operating and continued conducting their businesses there.

”It is really unfair that the local council had taken such a drastic step killing off six vegetable traders’ businesses including cordoning off the area with yellow tapes, completely disallowing the traders from setting up their stalls.

“They (MPKu) have totally denied them of their rights to find a living and not think of how would these traders and their families survive if they were to pack up and go,” he told StarMetro when contacted recently.

Sivakumar added that the council should have at least called for a meeting with the traders, discuss the matter and find an amicable solution, as MPKu had initially issued permits for the traders to run their businesses there.

“After years of trading in the area and countless customers’ unsettled debts, where will these traders go,” he questioned, urging the council to allow the traders to continue operating until an amicable solution is reached.

Meanwhile, Senai assemblywoman Wong Shu Qi said that she was aware of the matter and would be highlighting the issue to the council and discuss for a solution.

“I will suggest to allow the traders to move further down to other streets and request for the council to ensure that basic infrastructure is provided,” she added.

MPKu president Abdul Rahman Salleh said that the enforcement officers were instructed to issued the notice following numerous complaints from the public, highlighting cleanliness issues at the area.

“We had no choice as the issue was also brought up during the recent Industrial Plant Management Committee (IPMC) meeting and even during the council meeting,” he said adding that the place was unsuitable for such trading, as it is an industrial area.

It was earlier reported that traders were unhappy with the council for issuing stop-work order as they were initially issued permits but were disallowed to renew with any proper explanation from the council.

Tags / Keywords: Southern & Eastern Region , Family Community , Johor baru , Jiba , traders , MPKu , notice


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