‘Legalise business before year end’

Zamani (third from left) at the launch of the ‘MBSA Cashless Payment’ initiative. With him are (from left) MBSA Urban Transportation Division head Noraznizam Alias, MBSA Finance Department director Affandi Jaafar, Shah Alam deputy mayor Mohd Rashidi Ruslan, MBSA councillor Muhammad Izuan Ahmad Kasim and MBSA Commisioner of Buildings Nurzalina Luso​.

ROADSIDE traders operating in Shah Alam City Council’s (MBSA) jurisdiction are urged to legalise their business before the grace period ends next month.

“Under the offer by Selangor government to ease the people’s hardship caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, traders were given exemptions to trade by the roadside until December 2021,” said Shah Alam mayor Datuk Zamani Ahmad Mansor.

“Their permit fees were also waived.

“Since the grace period ends next month, we are urging them to apply for proper permits and trade at designated sites.

“There are still places available at council-owned premises, with some places having 20 to 30 lots.

“Interested traders can apply to MBSA and they will be offered lots under their respective Residents Representative Council (MPP) zones.”

Zamani said it was important to have roadside traders relocated, in view of safety concerns.

“However, we have observed that the trend in roadside trading has decreased, possibly because those who turned to selling food during the movement control order have since found permanent jobs.

“We will await further instructions from the state government. Usually, we issue notices first before taking enforcement action.”

Zamani was speaking after launching the “MBSA Cashless Payment” initiative and delivering his address at the city council’s staff assembly.

“From next year onwards, we are making it mandatory for ratepayers to use cashless methods for transactions with the council,” he said.

“This includes payment for assessment taxes, licences, compounds, application fees and use of council facilities.

“This move is in line with the new norm to encourage digital services, reduce physical contact, save time and offer more flexibility to the public.”

However, Zamani highlighted that physical and drive-through counters would remain available.

MBSA Finance Department director Affandi Jaafar said the e-wallet payment method using apps such as Touch ‘n Go, GrabPay and Boost was added this year.

“MBSA offers more than 20 cashless payment options, including Internet banking, JomPay as well as credit and debit cards,” he said, adding that other payment options include cheques and via kiosks.

“Of the RM127mil collected from the second term assessment tax payment this year, 99% of the transactions were done through non-cash methods.

“More than 60% paid using non-cash methods for the first term,” said Affendi.

However, he said MBSA’s strategy was to continue sending physical bills for assessment taxes and to move to digital notices in stages.

Under the “MBSA Cashless Payment” initiative, MBSA is adding several online payment options through the eps.mbsa.gov.my channel, so all council bills can be paid on this platform.

The council has also installed 30 “cashless and contactless” payment terminals with built-in MyDebit and e-wallet functions at Wisma MBSA as well as its branch offices in Setia Alam, Kota Kemuning and Sungai Buloh.

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