Recently, the Shah Alam Town Council (MBSA) has been cracking down on businesses that go against operating rules and those who do not have valid licenses in an effort to clean up the streets of Sungai Buloh.
But have they gone too far?
As according to Berita Harian, many small business owners such as nasi lemak stall operators are unhappy that they’re getting the boot from MBSA over small offences such as installing awnings to their roadside stalls.
“They’re fining us over the smallest of mistakes. They’ll fine you if you’ve installed awnings to deal with the rain, they’ll fine you if you’ve added a staircase to go up and down. Some shops have spent years making modifications and they’ve all been given 24 hours to change,” said 56-year-old peddler, Zaidi Abdul Jalil.
In fact, some of these stall owners who are being fined and given a super short notice to change or clear their premises are people who have not been able to open shop and build their livelihoods for months due to the Covid-19 Movement Control Order (MCO).
55-year-old nasi lemak seller, Ramlah Yakub, had to watch her source of income get demolished after she managed to reopen her business for a month post-MCO.
“Before this, I couldn’t operate my business for three months due to MCO, now only after a month of operating, this happens. We, who are running businesses, are forced to borrow from Yayasan Hijrah Selangor. Now that we’re forced to close, how are we supposed to pay them back,” she asked.
She added that about 16 stalls in the area were demolished after they were given a notice by MBSA.
“Last time, due to Covid-19, we couldn’t operate. Now we have to stop operating, how are we supposed to make a living? The umbrella attached to the stall is broken and that costs RM500, how are we supposed to buy a new one,” added Asogan Muniandy, who sells flowers.
It is understandable that the MBSA wants to rid their towns of illegal businesses such as gambling dens and stalls selling smuggled cigarettes, but street food sellers and other similar small business entrepreneurs are just Malaysian community members who are trying to earn an honest living.
We hope that the authorities look into relocating or providing them with the space to operate their businesses alongside their efforts to shoo out illegal business owners.
What do you think about this? Let us know in the comment section.
Klang Is A Red Zone But School Sessions Will Carry On, Says Education Dept
The Selangor State Education Department (JPNS) says that school sessions in Klang will still continue as usual even though the...
Police Arrest OKU Man With Pink Tag At A Supermarket In Melaka
Police have arrested a man with hearing disabilities who was wearing a pink tag. The man was arrested at a...
Kitchen Helper From Huckleberry Damansara Heights Tests Positive For Covid-19
Huckleberry Damansara Heights just reported that one of their own kitchen helpers tested positive for Covid-19. In a statement put...
PM: Interstate Travel Between East Malaysia To Semenanjung Temporarily Banned
It looks like Malaysia isn’t going into lockdown yet, but if they consider it, they’ll let us know earlier, at...
Health DG: Third Death Case Today Is 1-year-old Baby From Semporna, Sabah
Malaysia recorded an all-time high in the number of Covid-19 cases today, 691 positive cases with 688 local transmissions and...