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Poultry and vegetables being seized by City Hall officers at Pasar Pudu during Op Tegas. Pic by Surianie Mohd Hanif

STERN ACTION: City Hall continues with Op Tegas, hawkers without permits caught

KUALA LUMPUR: TWENTY-FIVE traders were recently caught during City Hall's fourth Op Tegas, aimed at weeding out illegal traders in the city.

The traders were found to have violated City Hall's Licensing of Hawkers and Stalls (Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur) 1989 by-laws.

The operation, led by City Hall enforcement officer Mohd Hariyadi Mohd Nor, covered Pasar Pudu, Lorong Conton, Jalan Silang and Jalan Petaling between 10am and 5pm.

Hariyadi said the traders were fined for leasing their stalls to foreigners, failing to display their business licence and hiring foreign workers.

During the crackdown, City Hall officers seized 26 stalls which were selling poultry, vegetables, meat and other items.

Four traders also had their licences revoked for flouting the law.

City Hall safety and enforcement director Mohd Sauffi Muhamad said 24 of those caught were foreigners while the remaining one was local.

Sauffi said that this year, to date, a total of 784 illegal stalls have been shut down.

"Most of the illegal traders can be found at night markets around the city. We urged traders to obtain proper permits for them to avoid action being taken," he said.

City Hall assistant administrative officer Izzul Fikri Mohd said that owners whose licences have been cancelled for employing illegalforeign workers will have their names blacklisted.

Posted on March 17, 2014, Monday

BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN: Yang Berhormat Dato Paduka Hj Abdullah Hj Md Ja’afar during the latest round of 10th LegCo (Legislative Council) Meeting raised the issue of freelance workers in which he suggested that relevant authorities curb the influx of foreign workers whose ‘employment passes’ state an occupation that differs from the work they are supposed to perform, Brudirect reported.

The matter was brought forth following a spike in criminal activities such as burglaries, home invasions, carjacking, thefts, fraud and smuggling, some of which involved foreign nationals carrying out freelance work after their contracts had ended.

Yang Berhormat suggested that the contractors that are no longer tasked with a project report to the relevant departments so that their work passes could be terminated. He also called on village heads to be more proactive by mobilising the registration of rented house tenants in their respective villages. This would help the Labour Department and the Immigration and National Registration Department to track down foreign workers whose work permits have expired.

The Minister of Home Affairs, Yang Berhormat Pehin Udana Khatib Dato Paduka Seri Setia Ustaz Hj Awg Badaruddin Pengarah Dato Paduka Hj Othman, in his response, welcomed the suggestions, especially the call for greater proactivity amongst the village heads in registering the rented houses or quarters in their respective jurisdictions.


Posted on March 13, 2014, Thursday

A policeman checks the inside of one of the lorries that were seized.

SIBU: Four brothers were arrested after police recovered 12 vehicles believed to be stolen properties hidden in an oil palm plantation in Pasai Siong where the brothers worked.

The arrest was made during a surprise raid led by ASP Tega Bilong which started at 5.30pm on Monday.

It took the raiding team seven hours up to around midnight to comb through the plantation before eventually spotting the 12 vehicles — five cars, three lorries, two 4WD vehicles and two motorcycles.

Melaka Immigration officers checking documents of the foreigners during the two-hour 6P Phase Two integrated operation. — Bernama photo

JASIN: Fifty-nine foreigners including eight women, employed as construction workers were detained in a 6P Phase Two integrated operation at a construction site in Mukim Ayer Panas, here yesterday.

Melaka Immigration Acting Director Abu Bakar Sidek Hasan said these included 25 Indonesian men and eight women, 23 Myanmar men and three Bangladeshis, all between the ages of 18 and 55 years.