Selayang council carts away ‘abandoned’ tables, chairs and kiosks

Officers preparing to remove tables and chairs placed on the road by a restaurant operator.

FIFTEEN roadside traders in Selayang, Selangor, got a rude shock when their business items which they left by the kerb after operation hours were confiscated.

Items including tables, chairs and portable kiosks were taken away by Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) enforcement officers during a raid on Sept 13.

The operation was carried out in Medan Puteri, Prima Gombak and Taman Perindustrian Bolton.

Action was also taken against a restaurant operator in Selayang Jaya for placing tables and chairs outside the premises.

The operator’s tables, chairs and tents were confiscated under Street, Drainage and Building Act 1974 and Hawker By-laws (MPS) 2007.

MPS president Datuk Mohd Yazid Sairi said the raid was part of intensified enforcement to ensure traders and business operators adhered to the regulations.

MPS officers confiscating a kiosk left by the road after operation hours.MPS officers confiscating a kiosk left by the road after operation hours.

A special unit called the Business Premises Enforcement Taskforce, he said, has been set up to address longstanding issues.

“Illegally run businesses keep cropping up and these are not just roadside traders.

“We even took action against a chicken abattoir operator for operating without a licence.

“The task force will also check if these businesses are genuine or if they are selling other than what is specified in their licence,” he told StarMetro.

Following public complaints, the chicken processing plant in Jalan Sungai Bakau in Rawang was sealed and the operator issued a RM12,500 compound.

As of Aug 25, the task force has inspected 700 premises with nine premises ordered to cease operations.

A total of 67 compounds were issued.

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