Action to be taken against illegal hotels on Penang island from Nov 1

  • Metro News
  • Saturday, 30 Sep 2017

Penang Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) would carry out the enforcement action once the three-year legalisation programme for such hotels expires on Oct 31.

“Most probably, they are occupying buildings which are not suitable to be turned into hotels.

“Sixty-three of them did not take the initiative to put in application for rezoning, building plans or planning permission during the legalisation process.

“But they do have a permit, with some paying the council licensing fees for one or two years during the period.

“The remaining 16 operators are the hardcore ones who are not bothered at all,” he told a press conference at Komtar yesterday.

In 2014, the state government decided to issue temporary licences in business areas at RM2,400 annually for hotels and RM1,200 for hostels and motels, in a move to regulate the mushrooming of unlicensed hotels.

All hotels are required to first apply for the temporary permits following which they have to comply with all local bylaws before submitting applications to the MBPP for full licences.

Chow said no temporary licences would be issued after the deadline, adding that a total of 116 hotels were being considered for permanent licenses.

“Those who are being considered for permanent licences have to act fast by submitting their remaining applications such as building plans before Oct 31.

“We will process the applications,” he said.

Since the programme was launched in 2014, a total of 14 hotels had obtained permanent licences.

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