MPKj stricter in handling of night market applications

  • Metro News
  • Wednesday, 25 Dec 2019

KAJANG Municipal Council (MPKj) will be stricter with future applications for night markets under its jurisdiction due to a surplus.

MPKj president Datuk Rosli Othman said there were already 53 night markets in operations although they initially wanted to limit the maximum number to 50.

“MPKj is the local authority with the highest number of night markets in Selangor.

“The state wants to limit the number of night markets, so we will adhere to the directive.

“However, we will still consider all new applications but will only approve if there is a dire need and will not cause congestion and cleanliness issues, ” he said during the council full board meeting.

Rosli added that the council was looking at revamping billboard rates.

“There are too many illegal billboards that have become a safety hazard due to the instability of the structures, where many are located along main roads.

“The council is losing revenue by allowing this, ”he said.

Rosli said they needed to leverage on regulating the billboard advertisement sector where the income derived could be used to improve services for the public, citing the RM1.3mil collected last year from visual billboard licence fees.

“Maybe some companies find the fee too steep and resort to putting up illegal ones.

“So, we will review the rates to make it affordable for all types of businesses.

“The enforcement will then be done in phases, ” he said.

On the issue of dengue, Rosli said as of Dec 14, MPKj recorded 10,375 cases with 11 deaths this year. The weekly score ending Dec 14 recorded 254 cases.

“Of the 125 localities under MPKj with outbreaks, there are 20 hotspots where five are in Kajang, three in Sungai Ramal, three in Balakong and nine in Semenyih, ” he said.

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