ALOR SETAR: A charity sale in aid of Tunku Abdul Rahman University College (TAR UC) did not turn out well as the Alor Setar City Council enforcement team came to put a stop the activities outside Simpang Kuala market here.
They seized items like steamed buns, soft toys, masks, accessories and breads from volunteers who were peddling by the road shoulder on Friday (Dec 20).
The fund-raising campaign was initiated by Alor Setar MCA Wanita and Youth division, with items such as herbal eggs, desserts, sweet delicacies, banana biscuits, breads, soft toys, guppy fish and accessories being sponsored by donors and local businessmen.
Alor Setar MCA Youth division chief Phee Kuan Joo tried to stop the items from being carted away but to no avail.
Nonetheless, the fund-raising team continued with their activities after the enforcement team left, and managed to collect RM2,500.
“We set up stalls and planned to sell the items from 8am to noon to raise funds for TAR UC.
“But the enforcement team came at 9.30am and decided to cart away the items. They told us the place was not suitable for peddling.
“Our activity did not cause any traffic obstruction, and the charity sale would only last half a day, ” he said.
MCA Youth chief Nicole Wong said no action was taken against DAP when it used to raise funds using Milo tins.
“They didn’t even say where the money goes or how they spend the money. But action was taken against us for selling things through charity sale, with all the proceeds clearly stated that it will be channelled to TAR UC Education Foundation.
“Is this the New Malaysia?” she asked in her Facebook posting.
MCA Youth deputy chief Tan Chee Hiong said the members had volunteered to raise funds for TAR UC.
“Unfortunately, they became the target of enforcement officers from the Alor Setar City Council.
"Without any notice or warning, residents and organisers who supported the charity had their materials seized and were told to leave.
"We are questioning why the enforcement officers only targeted the charity stall, while other hawkers who had set up stalls in the same area could continue to operate smoothly.
“The Alor Setar City Council officers appear to practise double standards, ” he said.
Meanwhile, Kedah local government committee chairman Tan Kok Yew said there must be permit for those who want to peddle in public areas.
“Everyone must follow the law,” he told Sin Chew Daily.