Streamlining business licence application process


Mohd Jafni at his Hari Raya open house in Kulai.

THE procedure to apply for a business licence under all 16 local authorities in Johor is expected to be simpler and shorter in the near future.

State housing and local government committee chairman Datuk Mohd Jafni Md Shukor said a task force had been set up to improve the licence application process.

“Kluang Municipal Council has set up a task force comprising representatives of all local councils in the state.

“This task force will discuss and come up with a proposal to standardise licence applications and make it easier.

“Currently, each local council has its own procedure for business licences.

“We want the application process to be equally easy and fast under each local authority,” he said.

He added that the state government was expected to announce a standardised application process as soon as the proposal presented was approved.

Mohd Jafni said this at his Hari Raya Aidilfitri open house at Dewan Bandar Putra in Kulai, Johor.

He noted that Kulai Municipal Council (MPKu) had started its own initiative to make the application process easier for businesses.

“For example, previously it could take up to three months to get a business licence under MPKu.

“This is because each application must be brought to MPKu’s committee meeting which is held once a month.

“However, the local council has now allowed applications to be processed without going through the monthly meeting,” he said.

Mohd Jafni added that the licence application for low-risk businesses under MPKu would only require the approval of either a local councillor or a head of department.

“Our focus now is to ease the lives of the public and businesses, instead of meting out punishments and issuing compounds.

“In doing so, we will also help the state government as we can reduce the burden of giving cash hand-outs and other incentives,” he said.

He noted that the licence was also important as it allowed businesses to apply for grants and incentives provided by the state government.

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