Local councils give temporary licences to stallholders

Local authorities have been easing licence regulations for small busineses such as roadside traders. — Filepic

JOHOR government is extending help to stallholders during Phase One of the National Recovery Plan.

State housing and local government committee chairman Ayub Jamil said local councils in Johor had been providing temporary permits to stallholders so they could continue their business.

“On top of that, local authorities are also digitalising licence applications through the e-PBT system to speed-up the process,” he said in his winding up speech at the Johor state assembly sitting.

He said local authorities in Johor were also easing licence regulations for these businesses during the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Applications for the licence take only one day to be approved.

“For other types of businesses, the approval process can take up to 30 days,” he added.

Ayub said the state government had also taken several other steps to help businesses.

“A total of 1,031 businesses from the tourism and hotel sectors were given licence exemptions, amounting to RM894,161, during the movement control order period.

“The state government had provided a digital platform as well, to encourage more businesses to go online and assisted them to get more customers.

“Courses are also provided to owners of small businesses to expose them to and train them in using online platforms,” he elaborated.

Other initiatives included providing food management courses, distributing face masks and increasing awareness of RTK-Antigen tests, said Ayub, adding that they were all aimed at improving standard operating procedure compliance.

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