Sunday, May 31, 2015

MPKj: Homestays need business licence to operate

Saturday May 30, 2015

HOMESTAY owners in areas under the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) will have to apply for a business licence.

MPKj president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar announced this during the council’s fullboard meeting yesterday.

He said there were a number of homestay operators in Hulu Langat, which is a recreational area well known for its waterfalls and rivers.

“The move is to ensure that we can monitor the activities at these homestay properties,” he explained.
He added that there might be illegal activities at the homestay that the council was not aware of.

“If they have business licence, at least we will have a database in case anything happens,” said Mohd Sayuthi.

The licensing exercise is still in its planning stage and Mohd Sayuthi hopes to implement it by next year.

“We do not have an exact figure of how many homestay businesses are in the area, but we will set up a committee to find out,” he added.

During the meeting, Mohd Sayuthi also said that stern action would be taken against land owners who let their unoccupied land become an illegal dumping ground.

“MPKj will work with the land office to identify the land owners.

“We will issue notice to the owners to rectify the situation.

“If they fail to do so, the land office will seize the land,” he said.

He revealed that from January to May, 61 lorries were confiscated in an operation to curb illegal dumping.

MPKj has also identified eight illegal dumping hotspots which are in Twin Palm Sungai Long, Cheras; Desa Bukit Cahaya, Cheras; Kampung Sungai Balak, Kajang; Jalan Kuari, Sungai Serai; Batu 14, Hulu Langat; Villaraya Industrial Park, Semenyih; Kampung Sungai Ramal, Kajang; and Kampung Bangi Lama, Bangi.

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