Days of illegal ‘hotels’ numbered

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  • Saturday, 06 Dec 2014

Ugly sight: The occupants of a room-for-rent facility hanging out their wet laundry to dry.

SIBU: The operators of illegal “bilik sewa” or room for rent type of cheap accommodation will finally have to face action by the authority concerned.

Due to zero action from the local authority, their number here has mushroomed to between 20 and 30 now.

Sarawak Central Region Hotel Association chairman Johnny Wong told Metro Sarawak that they had on Wednesday held a closed door meeting with the Sibu Municipal Council (SMC) to voice their concern on such facility which if left uncheck would see the town dotted with them.

They also wanted the council to take appropriate action on them.

“Our meeting with the council was very fruitful. SMC deputy chairman Datuk Andrew Wong told us they would seriously look into it and take appropriate action,” he said.

Wong said the council would write to the operators concerned to submit their building plan including any other documents to show why they were allowed to operate the business.

“We hope the plan of action by council could be done,” he said.

On Oct 20, Wong had said his association was not against this type of accommodation but that the operators must ensure that their premises have the Fire Certificate from Bomba and their building plan approved by the council.

He said if they were still operating illegal and if untoward incidents such as a fire outbreak occured in their premises, the association’s name would be tarnished.

Wong said if there had not been any action by the council, people would be jumping in the bandwagon to start such business.

All they need to do is to rent a shophouse, renovate it and convert it into a “hotel”.

The going rate for this facility is as low as RM25 a night, and RM45 for those with air-condition.

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