OUTLETS in shopping malls operating without a business licence paid the price as the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) cracked down on offenders recently.
Enforcement officers visited two shopping malls in Petaling Jaya and issued a total of seven compound notices and confiscated goods from six outlets.
“We want to be clear that these big outlets are also included in our raids and not just shops outside of malls,” said Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Anuar.
He said this after the raid, adding that MBPJ took the matter very seriously and would continue to carry out raids this year.
Outlets which had their goods confiscated were found to have expired business licences while those who were hit with the compound notices had failed to display their business licences.
Before the raid, warning letters had been issued to the affected outlets but the letters were ignored.
To get back the seized goods, business owners will have to renew their licences within seven days.
Failing that, the items will be disposed by MBPJ and they will not be allowed to operate.
“Based on initial investigations, our records showed a total of 159 outlets operating without a licence in these two malls,” he said.
When officers went round, they found that 85 of the licences were owned by former tenants and were not cancelled while 61 other premises had already closed down but the owners did not inform MBPJ.
“Renewing licences for these low- risk category businesses is really easy.
“It can even be done online and the licence will be renewed and issued on the spot,” he said.
High-risk businesses include cybercafes and massage parlours, , Johary said.
This raid is done in line with MBPJ’s Ops Lesen which saw 2,116 businesses failing to renew their licences.
After the operation started in March this year, the figure was reduced to 1,910.
“During Ops Lesen, we checked a total of 12,847 premises, issued 3,970 compound notices and confiscated items from 468 premises that had failed to renew their licences,” he said.
Johary further urged business operators to renew their business licences on time every year, or opt for the three-year renewal.
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