MORE than RM5.3mil worth of products confiscated during raids by the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) since January last year have been destroyed.
The items include mattresses, vacuum cleaners, televisions, computers, tables, chairs, snooker balls and snooker cues.
From December 2014 to May 2015, the council conducted 879 raid operations during which various items were seized and a number of compounds issued.
“These steps were taken to curb illegal premises from continuing their operations and not following our guidelines,” said Petaling Jaya mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain.
He said this at the MBPJ headquarters, where council officers were destroying and disposing of the confiscated items.
Mohd Azizi said that enforcement would be stepped up and more raids would be carried out, especially at cybercafes, massage parlours, entertainment outlets and action would be taken against traders operating without licences.
Based on their records, more than 2,212 compounds were issued to illegal traders last year and 1,115 were issued between January and May this year.
Apart from this, MBPJ also issued 3,675 compounds last year for offences such as obstructions on the road.
This year, 1,550 compounds for obstructions had been issued between January and May – the highest number of compounds issued, surpassing compounds to dirty eateries and entertainment outlets.
Almost 10,000 illegal stickers advertising lorries for rent were also taken down between August 2014 and January 2015.
“These enforcement activities are done on a regular basis and most of the time, it is done with other agencies or departments such as Immigration or the police,” he said.