Iskandar Puteri councillors give mayor ultimatum over bazaar lots


JOHOR BAHRU (May 27): Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) councillors have given Mayor Datuk Adib Azhari Daud until Hari Raya Aidilfitri to explain allegations of power abuse in the licensing of the Taman Nusantara Ramadan Bazaar, near Gelang Patah.

Councillors’ representative, Mohd Azam Mektar, who is also the councillor of Gelang Patah Zone 9, said Adib’s move to overturn the decision of the MBIP licensing committee’s meeting, which Adib chaired on April 18, is seen as an act of sabotage. 

He said that on the April 18 licensing committee meeting, a decision was made to approve 100 Ramadan bazaar lots at the Jalan Nusaria 4/7 car park in Taman Nusantara, a decision which was later endorsed on April 28.

“This area was a replacement for the originally suggested area in Jalan 2/1, which drew protests from traders in the vicinity on the grounds that the bazaar activity would disrupt their business,” he said after the MBIP’s full board meeting here yesterday.

“However, MBIP’s licensing department rejected the early applications from 47 traders to participate in the bazaar because the mayor wanted to amend the organising rights,” he added.

Following this, councillors from the affected zone took the initiative to discuss the matter with the mayor, who agreed to grant only 30 licences despite the 100 agreed earlier on the April 18 meeting. 

Mohd Azam said the councillors also received complaints of a Ramadan bazaar operating without permits and licences on Jalan 2/1, which is the site of the earlier proposed site that later was shelved due to protests from shopkeepers there.

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