Illegal extension of business space will not be tolerated, says MPK

SHOPOWNERS and restaurateurs extending the perimeters of their shops, where they operate businesses without permits, will be penalised.

This is because many operators have been setting up cooking stalls in front of their shops, blocking walkways and, in some cases, parking lots.

Klang Municipal Council (MPK) acting president Ahmad Khairi Md Yusof said the council would not tolerate such irresponsible behaviour.

“Licensed restaurant operators are allowed to set up tables and chairs for their diners, for an allocated period during the day, after 5pm.

“And they must get a permit from MPK to put the tables and chairs outside their premises.

“No cooking is allowed on the sidewalk. All cooking must be done in the kitchen inside their premise,” Ahmad Khairi said at the full board meeting.

Although notices and compounds have been issued since two months ago, the situation still persists.

MPK began an operation on Sept 29 to inspect and close down premises of those who extended their business area without permission.

“We have given them notices and ample time to move their kiosk structure indoors or remove it, but many have not done anything about it.

“Yesterday, our team inspected seven premises, four of which were stalls that we raided and closed down,” he said.

Licensing director Azhar Samsudin said the operation began in the Bukit Tinggi area and would continue throughout Klang in stages.

“So far, we have issued eight notices to shop operators who have not obeyed the ruling,” he said.

With regards to illegal advertisements, Samsudin said MPK was actively working to get rid of illegal stickers, posters and buntings.

“Illegal buntings and posters are removed by MPK regularly.

“We also give the phone numbers to the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission to cancel the phone line and take further action.

“Some of the shop operators are permitted to put up 10 buntings but they will put up more than 10 or 20 and this is illegal.

“In cases where we can identify shop operators who put up these promotional buntings without permits, we will go to their shops and serve them a notice,” said Azhar.

On another note, shop operators can now apply for stalls at the Deepavali bazaar, for the next two weeks.

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