KOTA KINABALU: Local authorities can only revoke the licence of petty traders who sell contraband such as smuggled cigarettes and liquor as well as fake branded products.
Sandakan Municipal Council (MPS) enforcement officer Irman Tajuddin Edy said only the Customs Department’s could charge or fine a shop owner found selling contraband cigarettes.
“It is up to the courts to decide if owners of premises found selling contraband cigarettes should have their licences revoked,” he said.
Irman added they were conducting frequent patrols to identify traders of illicit goods following the launch of a campaign against the trading of contraband cigarettes recently.
He said the campaign was launched to enforce existing laws.
“So far, no trading licence has been revoked,” he said when contacted by The Star.
Kota Kinabalu mayor Datuk Abidin Madingkir said shop operators found selling contraband cigarettes or other smuggled goods can be charged in court.
“On our part, we can only take action against those trading without licences,” he said in reiterating it was the Customs Department’s responsibility to charge or issue a compound notice to offenders.
“If the offender pays the compound fine, we won’t revoke their licence.
“If they are charged and found guilty, we can revoke their trading licence if the court makes the order,” he said.
It is learnt that the Kota Kinabalu City Hall has yet to revoke anyone's trading licence so far.