MPKS to act against a ‘recalcitrant’ group of traders in Samarahan — chairman

Dato Peter Minos

KOTA SAMARAHAN, Feb 25: Kota Samarahan Municipal Council (MPKS) will demolish a permanent structure erected at the council’s carpark by an irresponsible group of traders to ply their trade there.

Its chairman, Datuk Peter Minos, said MPKS had no choice but to take action against them as they openly flouted the law.

“All other groups of traders in Samarahan, except one, have complied with MPKS’ ruling of no trading on roadsides, on walkways, on carparks and on five-foot-ways. The ruling came into effect on Jan 1 this year,” he said in a statement today.

“Without asking for permission or getting a permit from MPKS, this recalcitrant group put up a permanent structure over MPKS’s carpark, did intensive renovation and operated a coffee shop. When called up to explain, the group did not turn up. This is not tolerable and not acceptable.”

Peter stressed that his office had to act or else there would be complete chaos when traders are allowed to break all rules governing public health and proper living with impunity.

“There would be a big mess, making towns or cities unlivable, dirty, unsafe and unsightly.”

On another matter, the MPKS chairman urged the public to do themselves a big favour by throwing waste into bins and not along roadsides, drains and open spaces.

“All local councils seek this good habit. In addition, do not trade at any place as one pleases, especially along roadsides, which endangers the public’s safety.

“A culture of respecting cleanliness, public health and public safety and, of course, basic rules and regulations of local councils is very much needed for happy living,” he said. — DayakDaily