UNLICENSED hotel operators in Sepang have until the end of next month to obtain the necessary approvals or risk closure by the Sepang Municipal Council (MPSepang).
MPSepang president Datuk Puasa Md Taib said the council was giving illegal hotel operators an avenue to obtain approval to stay in business.
“If they meet all our requirements and guidelines, we will have no issue legalising them.
“However, this is subject to certain criteria being met,” added Puasa.
He said this to reporters after the full board meeting where councillors raised the issue of the mushrooming of hotels in their respective zones.
At present, there are 24 licensed hotels in Sepang.
Puasa said the council would also set up an inventory of all businesses under its jurisdiction after several councillors brought up the increase in the number of gambling dens inside cybercafes.
When the subject of stricter enforcement was raised, councillor Rohaya Mohd Shahir said it was unwise to take action against petty traders trying to make ends meet during tough economic times.
She alleged that enforcement officers were practising selective enforcement.
Puasa said the council had refrained from taking stern action against petty traders conducting business at inappropriate locations, especially since a number of companies had to retrench staff in the past two years.
“Many of them have turned to trading, so we have been lenient and advising them to shift to a better location instead of issuing summonses,” he added.
Puasa also said MPSepang was looking into the possibility of setting up a temporary hawker centre that traders could use on a first-come, first-served basis.
They are still working out the finer details including the possibility of issuing temporary licences if necessary.
On another note, the council will be organising a Food Truck @ Pasar Ramadan showcase this year at the Salak Ramadan Bazaar as its pilot project in Sepang.