‘New traders can keep operating’

Prospective traders can head to Dewan Dato Ahmad Razali in Ampang Jaya to apply for the temporary business licence. — LOW LAY PHON/The Star

A TOTAL of 518 roadside traders in Ampang Jaya, Selangor, who were previously operating without licence, have now been legalised.

Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) president Mohd Fauzi Mohd Yatim said temporary business licences had been issued to ensure that the traders complied with regulations while making a living.

The licences are valid until March 31, 2022.

“Many of these traders started trading last year after being financially impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“People who had lost their jobs set up small businesses around the municipality to earn money.

“But we still need to ensure that there is food safety compliance and their stalls do not obstruct traffic at the locations chosen,” he said, adding that the temporary business licence was a statewide initiative by the Selangor government.

Under the Penjaja Berselerak Covid-19 (PBC-19) programme, traders are given a six-month licence to operate at suitable locations and charged only RM90 a month.

The conditions include trading at a suitable location that does not cause disruption, allowing only takeaways and not leaving equipment at the site.

Traders also need to get typhoid jabs.

According to MPAJ, the 518 licences issued since September had generated a revenue of RM98,900 for the council.

“We have also made it easier for those who want to apply for the licence, as we have opened counters at various locations so that they need not come to Menara MPAJ.

“Prospective traders have until Dec 31 to come to Dewan Dato Ahmad Razali to apply,” Mohd Fauzi said during a visit to the hall.

Premises owners can also renew their business licence at the community hall. The counters are open until the end of the month.

To date, 3,903 premises have renewed their 2022 business licence, with a total collection of RM2.55mil for MPAJ.

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