‘Burger stall operators were warned’

Shahrin (left) says operators of burger stalls that were confiscated were told to remove belongings after end of operation, but failed to do so.

Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) is defending itself following viral videos accusing officers of penalising two stalls in Bandar Baru Sungai Buloh without taking action against others.

The person who filmed the two videos, claimed that two burger operators had their stalls confiscated by MBSA enforcement officers.

MBSA Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad said the burger stalls and items were confiscated because the operators had failed to remove them after business hours.

“We had already advised them not to leave their belongings by the roadside as it was dangerous and an obstruction to road users,” he explained.

The two videos also alleged that other stalls were involved in illegal activities.

The videos, which were six and 13 minutes long respectively, showed footage of roadside stalls allegedly run by foreigners selling cigarettes and of illegal gambling activities at a premises nearby.

“Next to the burger stall is one run by foreigners.“On the stall front, it would look like they are selling fruits and drinks, but they have actually been selling contraband cigarettes for years,” he claimed in the video, adding that these stalls were not checked nor ordered to close.

The person also questioned the need to confiscate the burger stall when other food stalls along the same row were not penalised.

In the video, some stalls were seen set up on parking bays while others were by the roadside or on a pavement.

“Why is MBSA only disturbing youths selling burgers and not taking action against other stalls in the vicinity?

“There are stalls selling clothes by the roadside while some are occupying parking bays, but no action was taken,” he added.

The person also claimed that the burger stall operators had adhered to recovery movement control order rules.

“The burger stalls followed the operating hours given and I have visual proof of other stalls operating past midnight.

“Where was enforcement then?” the person questioned.

Shahrin said MBSA enforcement officers had warned the burger stall operators twice over the last two months before seizing their items.

“Despite the warnings, they did not remove the stalls after completing business.

“Also during the recovery movement control order, they were found to be operating beyond midnight, which is not allowed,” he pointed out.

He also highlighted that during the latest operation over the weekend, MBSA officers had shut a stall selling cigarettes and seized items.

As for the premises believed to be running gambling activities, Shahrin said MBSA would work with the police.

“If the allegations are true, necessary action will be taken,” he added.

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