KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) detained 32 illegal foreign traders during a city-wide operation dubbed “Ops Tegas”.
The operation was carried out in several areas around the city in Jalan Changkat Bukit Bintang, Jalan Alor, Jalan Hang Lekir, Jalan Sultan, Jalan Petaling, Jalan Malinja 2, Taman Bunga Raya and Jalan Haji Hussein.
A DBKL spokesman said the authority also confiscated the illegal traders’ items which included fake goods, clothes, children’s toys, watches, souvenirs and electronic cigarettes.
“Foreigners are not permitted to trade as the authority does not issue licence to them,” said the spokesman.
He said Ops Tegas was carried out under the Licensing of Hawkers (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) By-laws 2016 for illegal trading, and under Section 46 of the Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 for the structures causing obstruction.
The illegal trading offence carries a fine not exceeding RM2,000 or imprisonment not exceeding a year, or both. A first offence under the obstruction regulation carries a fine of no more than RM500, and RM1,000 in subsequent offences.
Meanwhile, the DBKL spokesman reminded local petty traders to apply for the proper licences to avoid being penalised.
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