Checking it out: DBKL conducting a joint operation with SSM and police to check on residential premises in Bangsar Baru that are reported to be used for commercial purposes
THE Bangsar Baru Residents’ Association (BBRA) is disappointed with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) for failing to put a stop to the abuse of residential units in the neighbourhood being used for commercial purposes.
Its president Datuk George Joseph said DBKL went on a three-day blitz, which ended yesterday and raided more than 40 residential units in Bangsar Baru to verify the complaints that the houses had been turned into business premises.
“The joint operation also involved Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) and the police.
“I was informed that it was difficult to collaborate with different agencies and I am grateful that an arrangement was finally made, but all they did was issue summonses.
“Some business owners claim that they have filed a case in court to operate from the residential unit, but that does not legalise their current operations.
“Court proceeding may take months or years, and it is unfair to allow residents to suffer in the meantime,” he said.
BBRA secretary Prem Kumar Nair said DBKL had called for a meeting on Aug 8 to inform residents of the raid. He said residents were also invited to follow the local authority on their rounds.
“We were very happy that finally action was being taken.
“We were expecting DBKL to ensure all businesses operating illegally on residential premises ceased operations immediately, and their goods confiscated.
“So, we were shocked that the team only issued summons.
“We have a pet shop, beauty parlours, kindergartens, hostels, boutiques, curtain shops and solar-panel distributors among others, operating from residential units.
“We also noticed selective prosecution practised by DBKL.
“There are cases of some unlicensed petty traders who are penalised immediately while others continue to operate their business without a problem for many years,” he said.
“DBKL should beef up their enforcement unit and use the law to the optimal to take stern action against wrong-doers,” he said
He said BBRA would jointly hold a press conference with Bukit Bandaraya Residents’ Association on the issue today to address the issue.
He also said a post-mortem of the operation would be held at DBKL headquarters on Monday.
DBKL could not be reached for comments at press time.