Last call for illegal hawkers to show up

Wong (third left) and his committee members showing the list of food and beverages prohibited from being sold by hawkers outside school compounds.

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) is urging all illegal hawkers selling goods along Jalan Tanjung Tokong to attend the third and final open interview session to relocate their stalls.

City councillor Wong Yuee Harng, who is also the Public Health and Licensing Standing Committee chairman, said the invitation letters for the interview were sent out on March 14, adding that the third and final open interview will be held on March 26 at City Hall in Esplanade.

He said the hawkers must be present at the interview to be given the priority of choosing vacant and available stall slots to relocate to the allocated venues.

“Action will be taken by the northeast district and land office on these illegal hawkers if they refuse to relocate their stalls,” he told reporters at City Hall on Wednesday.

Wong said two open interview sessions were held in January and at the end of last year, but only three out of 16 illegal hawkers attended.

“The illegal hawkers need to be relocated as there is a development contract to upgrade the drainage system and to give way to the construction of drains there,” he added.

On another matter, Wong said one of the school authorities in the state had lodged a complaint about hawkers selling food and beverages outside the school compound.

“Therefore, a new notice will be distributed to remind licensed hawkers on the type of food and beverages that are banned.

“According to a circular issued by the Housing and Local Government Ministry, the banned food include chocolate, sweets, pickles, junk food and other food that are banned under the Food Act 1985.

“Ice-cream and processed food such as burgers and sausages are not encouraged to be sold.

“Alcoholic drinks and drinks that are banned under the Food Act 1985 are prohibited, while soft drinks and flavoured drinks are not encouraged.

“Hawkers who do not obey the law will face a compound of RM250,” he said.

Wong said the Housing and Local Government Ministry had urged the local authorities to ensure that every hawker abide by the rules and guidelines provided, as well as to carry out enforcement on hawkers selling food and beverages outside school compounds.

“According to a circular issued by the ministry in 2012, hawkers approved by MBPP are allowed to sell food and beverages within 40 metres from the school compound, but they have to comply with the guidelines on the certain types of food that are prohibited,” he added.

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