SRDC reminds traders not to display goods recklessly on five-foot way

A shop in Selangau with goods taking up the whole five-foot way of a commercial lot.

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KUCHING, Feb 25: Sibu Rural District Council (SRDC) reminds the business community in Selangau that reckless displaying of goods on the five-foot way is strictly prohibited.

Its chairman Sempurai Petrus Ngelai said the policy prohibiting the reckless display of goods on the five-foot way has taken effect since Jan 1, 2021.

“The Council would like to take this opportunity to remind the business community in Selanggau that such reckless behaviour is strictly prohibited,” said Petrus in a statement.

He said in Nov 2020, SRDC resolved to implement a policy with terms and conditions regarding the display of goods on the five-foot ways of the commercial shophouses in Selanggau.

“This policy was formulated after detailed discussions with the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Selanggau in 2020.

SRDC’s rules on goods displaying in a five-foot way.

“In other words, it is a consensus reached between SRDC and the Chinese Chamber of Commerce in Selanggau. The business community in Selanggau is hereby advised to comply with the said policy which came into effect on Jan 1, 2021,” said Petrus.

It had come to the notice of SRDC that many traders in Selanggau are recklessly displaying their goods on the five-foot ways of the commercial shop lots.

He said the people in Selanggau have also complained to SRDC that such reckless display of goods or merchandise not only causes many inconveniences to the pedestrians but it may cause severe obstructions to Bomba in the event of a fire.

There are seven terms and conditions stated in this policy and SRDC urges all members of the business community in Selanggau to strictly adhere to these terms and conditions of the said policy.

“SRDC would like to emphasise that non-compliance of the said terms and conditions will attract penalties stipulated under the relevant by-laws of the Local Authority Ordinance 1996 and the Local Authority Cleanliness By-Law 1999,” said Petrus. – DayakDaily