FT Minister: Strict enforcement goes on but prudence needed

Annuar (right) presenting a licence to trader Abdul Hashim Deraman at the Batu Muda Industrial Area in Kuala Lumpur. — Bernama

ENFORCEMENT bodies, including Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), should adopt a prudent approach when reprimanding traders and hawkers who operate business without licence or in unauthorised areas, said Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa.

For example, he said, an approach that was open to discussion could help encourage more illegal traders and hawkers to obtain a licence and conduct business legally.

“It is better for us to use this approach.

“If the enforcement officers see them (hawkers) doing business in an area that is not permitted or without a licence, go up to them.

“Talk to them. From there, we will find out the cause and understand their real problem,” he told reporters after presenting licences to food stall operators in Batu Muda Industrial Area.

However, Annuar stressed that strict enforcement was still ongoing so that traders would operate their businesses in accordance with the set rules and policies.

Commenting on the recent incident where the DBKL enforcement team seized goods belonging to unlicensed hawkers at Titiwangsa Lake Gardens, Annuar said that all of the traders had been issued warning notices.

“I have investigated the matter and it is not the fault of the enforcement team.

“The team had issued notices to the hawkers a week before that.”

He said the hawkers had been warned again a day before the incident, but they remained defiant and continued to do business.

He added that he had spoken to DBKL executive director (Socioeconomic Development) Datuk Ibrahim Yusoff and advised DBKL to call the 40 hawkers involved. — Bernama

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