Business operators ‘renting’ illegal premises urged to make police reports

The mess left behind by the recycling facility. The business owners were told to vacate as they were operating on river reserve land.

SELAYANG Municipal Council (MPS) president Shamsul Shahril Badliza Mohd Noor has urged traders paying rental to individuals for premises built on government land or river reserves to report them to the police.

“Some of these business operators pay the individuals up to RM2,000 a month to occupy these lots.

“Though the council is unable to take action against these fraudulent individuals, the police can, ” said Shamsul during a joint operation by MPS and Gombak Land and District Office (PTDG) to demolish business premises at a river reserve in Taman Mawar, Rawang yesterday.

Shamsul said such activities were not allowed in these areas, with applications for licences rejected.

In the latest demolition exercise involving a recycling facility and a timber door manufacturing factory, Shamsul said both did not have the licence to operate and building permit. They also did not have licence to trade and were not registered under the Companies Commission.

The two premises are located near Sungai Rawang riverbank.

Shamsul pointed out that councils did not issue temporary occupation licences (TOL) to businesses that operate at such locations.

“This is different from the row of shops located beside the illegal premises, ” he said, explaining that although they were on government land, the lots were situated on road reserve.

“These shops, which are fronting the main road of Jalan Ipoh, have TOLs, which have to be renewed every six months.

“As of now, the shops are allowed to remain as there is no road widening project taking place in the area.

An excavator tearing down the illegal structures.An excavator tearing down the illegal structures.

“My advice to business operators is to check with PTDG or MPS on the land status and zoning requirements before agreeing to tenancy agreements.

“The fees for these services are not expensive, less than RM20, ” he said.

On why the recycling facility and timber door manufacturing factory had been allowed to operate for the past 10 years although occupying an area marked as a river reserve, Shamsul explained that they had been issued notices to vacate several times in the past.

“However, they chose to ignore the notices. The council’s action follows the latest directive from Selangor Mentri Besar to clear river reserve areas of factories that can potentially cause water pollution and the shutdown of the state’s water treatment plants.

“These business operators deny they have received such notices but PTDG has a record of these, ” said Shamsul.

Eight business premises have been demolished to clear the banks of Sungai Rawang and Sungai Gong of illegal factories.

“The next phase of operations will see another five factories cleared, starting next month.

“Notices have been served to these factories and they have been given time to vacate, ” said Shamsul.

In areas under MPS’ purview, Selangor Water Management Board (Luas) identified 70 business premises operating on river reserve land.

Checks on land status and relevant approvals were carried out by MPS and PTDG prior to issuance of eviction notices.

Shamsul said after clearing business premises on government land, action would be taken on those built in prohibited zones and did not fulfil structural requirements.

To prevent the mushrooming of factories along river reserves in the future, Shamsul said a motion to turn these areas into landscaped recreational spaces for the public had been forwarded to the state government.

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