No leeway for traders who lease out licences to foreigners

The Federal Territories Ministry will not compromise with any traders at the Selayang Day Market (PHS) and Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market who lease out their business licences to foreign nationals.

Its deputy minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias said action would be taken immediately to terminate the licences and blacklist errant traders from applying for a new licence.

“I myself received reports on foreign nationals doing business again without a permit around Kuala Lumpur.

“I have asked the Enforcement Department of Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to look into this matter.”

Jalaluddin was responding to a Bernama report on foreigners returning to trade illegally at PHS and Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market although these places had already been raided a number of times by the authorities.

Meanwhile, DBKL said in a statement that it had frozen new licence applications for business premises around the northern area of the city to prevent foreign nationals from doing business there.

It said action was also being taken against business premises operated by foreign nationals while show-cause letters were issued to licence holders who hired foreigners without a valid permit as helpers or workers.

DBKL also announced that 4,636 compounds were issued to employers hiring foreign workers illegally including the 1,289 notices issued at the Kuala Lumpur Wholesale Market from January until December last year. — Bernama

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