RM1,000 fine for traders using polystyrene containers

MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan (right) giving away a food container last year to discourage usage of polystrene and plastic bags. — filepic

RAMADAN bazaar traders in Subang Jaya risk being fined RM1,000 if they use styrofoam and polystyrene which have been banned.

Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) Licensing Department director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid said last year, traders were told not to use styrofoam, polystyrene and plastic bags but this year they are enforcing the ruling strictly.

Action will be taken under the council’s Petty Traders Bylaw 2007 which carries a maximum compound of RM1,000.

“This year, we are also making it compulsory for traders to wear aprons.

“Foreigners are also not allowed to man the stalls or help out,” he said at the Serdang Raya MPSJ stadium where traders drew lots to determine the location of their stalls.

Azfarizal said in previous years, there had been many allegations about the selection process.

“Ever since we started the lot drawing system last year, these have stopped.

“The Licensing Department is only here to facilitate the event; we have councillors and officers from other departments overseeing the process. We want to ensure transparency,” he said.

A total of 1,411 had applied before the deadline on April 17 and out of this, 1,312 are eligible to trade at MPSJ Ramadan bazaars this year.

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