Ampang Jaya council grants moratorium on business licence fees


AMPANG Jaya businesses that were not allowed to operate throughout the movement control order have been given a small reprieve as their licence fee payments will be deferred until June 30.

In light of the tough times that these operators have faced since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) will grant a moratorium on their business licence fees and has automatically deferred payment for the next six months.

Types of businesses include cybercafes, e-sport centres, traditional massage centres and entertainment centres.

MPAJ president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said with the extension, operators with valid 2020 licences could continue to operate using those licences once allowed to reopen by the National Security Council.

“However, they must abide by all the other terms and conditions of their licence.

“Operators can also start renewing their licences after the expiry of the moratorium, starting March 31.

“Licence approval will be given for a period of two years from 2021 to 2022, so that businesses can continue to operate without having to go through the process again at the end of this year, ” he said during the council’s full board meeting.

At the same time, Mohd Fauzi also announced a three-month extension for the payment of this year’s business licence and licence for business signboards.

He said licences, which expired on Dec 31,2020, would be extended until March 31.

“As of Feb 18, some 8,467 out of 9,959 licence holders have renewed their business licences, with a total collection of RM5.3mil.

“Late payment compounds of RM200 and RM700 will be issued beginning April 1 to those who fail to renew their licences, ” he said.

Business owners can renew their licences at icomm.mpaj.gov.my

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