MBPJ finalising terms for home-based business licence

PETALING Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is finalising the rules and regulations for home-based food business, including catering, before it begins issuing licences to such enterprises.

This move is aimed at helping those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who have lost their jobs or are looking for another stream of income to survive.

“We have discussed this at length and we have engaged all parties involved to hear their points of view on this matter, ” said Petaling Jaya mayor Datuk Mohd Sayuthi Bakar (pic).

“It should not be a problem to issue the licence for them to operate from home, but we will need to work out some things, ” he elaborated during the council’s monthly full board meeting yesterday.

He said this matter had been brought up to Selangor government and the state was in the midst of deciding whether to implement this statewide.

He noted this was already being practised in Penang, where home-based businesses were licensed by the local council.

“So now we are waiting for the state government’s directive, but I believe MBPJ can proceed on our own first even if all the other local councils in Selangor are not on board, ” he added.

Some MBPJ councillors voiced their concerns on the rules and regulations for this new licensing plan and said that it should also take into account the views and consent of all neighbours affected.

Meanwhile, MBPJ is using a new smart licence system for renewals, applications, billing and payment online.

“Our system also allows us to conduct enforcement checks on licences online and can be synced with external agencies such as the police and the Fire and Rescue Department, ” said Mohd Sayuthi.

“We also issued QR codes on the licences to keep track of all the information.

“With the codes, our smart command centre can also map out the legal businesses, ” he said.

Another way to help entrepreneurs, especially those in the B40 category, is the Bazar@Pjkita mobile app.

With this application, entrepreneurs can promote their businesses and reach out to customers virtually.

MBPJ is in the midst of getting more traders and food stall operators on board in a bid to help businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

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