‘Temporary business permits a tricky issue’

Noraini (right) and Dr Siti Mariah presenting aid collected from the MPSJ Covid-19 Charity Fund to a bedridden resident in Kampung Sri Aman, Puchong. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

IN addressing the issuance of temporary business permits, Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) says the decision is tricky when it involves buildings or permanent structures.

“It is not a problem for roadside hawkers to get such permits, provided they adhere to council guidelines like cleaning up their stalls and not setting up at places where such structures can cause nuisance to the public, ” said MPSJ president Noraini Roslan.

“There are problems with those who set up in buildings as they may not have undergone the necessary procedures to apply for the correct land use and adhered to building requirements, ” she said.

She pointed out that the National Land Code 1965 stipulated that agricultural land could not be used for non-agricultural purposes.

“But in village areas, it is common to have a shop built on land designated as agriculture, which contravenes the National Land Code, ” said Noraini.

“While the proper procedure is for the landowner to apply for the necessary land conversion, most village folk don’t have the money to pay the premium for such conversions.

“The Selangor government has a special programme that allows landowners to apply for land status conversion at a lower fee, provided the land is kept within the family and not sold to a third party, ” she added.

Noraini said MPSJ offered trading space at council-managed premises, although demand for such spots was higher now as people had turned to small businesses after losing their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.

She said this after the flag-off of MPSJ’s second phase of Program Jom Jelajah Kampung Dalam Bandar (Let’s Explore Villages in the City Programme) by Seri Serdang assemblyman Dr Siti Mariah Mahmud at the Zone 12 Residents Committee (JKP) community hall in Kampung Sri Aman, Puchong.

The event saw two groups of MPSJ staff and policemen cycling to distribute aid to needy families in four villages — Kampung Sri Aman, Kampung Sri Andalas, Kampung Sri Langkas and Kampung Batu 13, Puchong.

Each family received basic necessities worth RM100.

The funds for the aid were personally contributed by MPSJ staff via the MPSJ Covid-19 Charity Fund.

The programme is in line with MPSJ’s “no one left behind” approach to ensure those who live in urban villages and low-cost flats are not left out from receiving aid.

“Sometimes it is not so much about money but connecting those in need to the right programme or agency so that the B40 communities can earn a living, ” said Noraini, citing MPSJ’s training centre for housewives to learn sewing and cooking as an example.

“We are also looking at reviving urban farming by working with the Agriculture Department so that they can teach participants the right farming techniques and equipment.”

While the Selangor government offers aid such as Kasih Ibu Smart Selangor and Skim Mesra Usia Emas, Dr Siti Mariah said there was a need for parallel programmes to empower the community.

“The government cannot keep on giving without empowering

the B40 community.

“Sometimes what they need is better access to knowledge as well as capital to improve their business.

“For village folk who have space around their house, they should utilise the land to grow their own vegetables as that would enable them to save some money, ” she said.

Dr Siti Mariah, who is also state health, welfare, women empowerment and family committee chairman, reminded everyone to practise good hygiene and observe the necessary standard operating procedures to prevent Covid-19 transmission in the community.

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