KUALA LUMPUR: Stern action will be taken against business license holders who lease out their premises to foreigners without valid work permits, said Nga Kor Ming.
The Local Government Development minister said the local councils have never allowed foreigners to own a business license for all premises, including retail shops, eateries, car workshops and markets.
“In line with the local council by-laws, the approval for business license will only be given to Malaysians. Foreigners who are renting public market sites or premises owned by local councils must have valid working permits,” said Nga.
“The authorities will not compromise with business license holders who rent out their premises to foreigners without valid working permits and stern action will be taken. their license will be revoked,” he added in his Budget 2024 winding-up speech on Tuesday (Oct 31).
Nga also said that continuous operations by local councils and enforcement agencies have been carried out at all business premises.
As of September, he revealed that a total of 26,108 business licenses have been revoked following 1,558 integrated operations that were conducted by Aug 31.