Enforcement officer to face the music

Elya (second from right) promoting the Klang i-Plaza online platform. With her are (from left) councillor Ngian Yoke Mooi, Nor Hasyimah and corporate communications director Norfiza Mahfiz.

ONE of the three Klang Municipal Council (MPK) enforcement staff who impersonated a policeman in an extortion case earlier this month will be charged at Klang Magistrate’s court on April 1.

The other two, both aged 34, will testify as witnesses.

MPK acting president Elya Marini Darmin said the matter was currently under case management and details were being firmed up to substantiate the facts of the incident before blackmail charges were brought.

The enforcement employee will be charged under Section 384 of the Penal Code, which carries up to 10 years’ jail or fine, or whipping or any of the two, upon conviction.

“I am unable to elaborate further as the case is being handled by the north Klang police headquarters.

“On our side, we have taken administrative action where all three have been redeployed to internal office duties.

“All three are desk-bound until police investigation is over, ” she said after the council’s full board meeting.

On Feb 10, north Klang police arrested three MPK enforcement officers, one from the council’s Environmental Services Department and two from the Enforcement Department, suspected of being involved in an extortion case involving a provision store owner at Rantau Panjang in Kapar.

All three were remanded for three days after being arrested.

On returning to work, the three were redeployed to Elya’s department effective Feb 17.

In a bid to reassure the public, Elya said MPK would not hesitate to take disciplinary action under the MPK Employees Rules (Conduct and Discipline) 1995 if they are found guilty.

She added that the two enforcement officers who were acting as witnesses would be sent to the Public Service Counselling Associates (AKRAB) in Kuala Selangor for character rebuilding and to instil integrity.

Elya also said MPK would conduct its own internal inquiry soon.

On another note, MPK’s Information Technology Department has made it easier for new small business owners and entrepreneurs to do business with its two-week-old online platform called Klang i-Plaza.

Elya said the business platform was designed to link people involved in business, be it small or big entities, where like-minded people could share resources, develop plans, introduce products and grow a business.

“We have found that Klang i-Plaza has gained traction as we have about 900 businesses in two weeks online.

“Klang i-Plaza offers free registration now and allows people to link and trade online.

“Those in retail with brick-and-mortar stores can take advantage of the online avenue and at the same time, attract customers to their physical store, ” she said.

She added that many people realised its tremendous trade opportunities and MPK wanted these businesses to prosper in the current economic climate as small businesses make up the economic engine of Klang district.

Information Technology Department director Nor Hasyimah Tamziz said the online business platform reflected MPK’s commitment of giving business owners an avenue to advance their business.

The business platform, available at klangiplaza.my, features a product checklist, tools and resources to enable businesses to link up.

The platform also helps first-time entrepreneurs to prepare for opening or growing a business by providing business licence information.

Nor Hasyimah added that the Companies Commission of Malaysia (SSM) was a hybrid partner for Klang i-Plaza, where it allows users to register their business online with ease.

SSM serves as an agency to incorporate companies and register businesses as well as to provide company and business information to the public.

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