• Minister Nga Kor Ming said that Local Authorities should also never allow any foreigner to apply for or have a licence for hawkers, petty traders, business premises, sundry shops, eateries, car workshops or in markets, in line with the Hawkers By-Laws and the Trades, Businesses and Industries By-Laws.

PUTRAJAYA (Feb 27): The Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT) has revoked the licences of 26,108 traders, due to violations of licence conditions or premises regulations set by the Local Authorities (PBT), from 2022 until Feb 15, this year.

KPKT, in a statement, said that, out of this total, 384 traders have had their licences revoked for renting them out to foreigners.

During the same period, PBT conducted 1,836 enforcement operations on business premises involving foreigners.

Housing and Local Government Minister, Nga Kor Ming (pictured), in the same statement, said that his ministry also maintains constructive and active cooperation with other ministries, in implementing comprehensive enforcement related to this issue.

He said that integrated cooperation, with a 'whole of government' approach with other enforcement agencies, such as the Immigration Department and the Royal Malaysia Police, is crucial to address this increasingly prevalent issue based on the limitations of PBTs’ jurisdiction, which was confined to inspecting the premises and business licences only.

“The state governments also play a role by tightening the requirements for new applications and renewals of business licences for PBT in their respective states, to curb the business monopoly by foreigners,” he said.

Nga said that PBT should also never allow any foreigner to apply for or have a licence for hawkers, petty traders, business premises, sundry shops, eateries, car workshops or in markets, in line with the Hawkers By-Laws and the Trades, Businesses and Industries By-Laws.

“Under the Hawkers By-Laws, PBT does not recognise or allow foreigners as hawkers and small traders. Furthermore, PBT also does not allow the employment of foreigners as workers/assistants under hawker licences on PBTs’ premises.

“This is because the rental rates set by PBT are below market prices and aim to provide business opportunities to locals.

“Under the Trades, Businesses, and Industries By-Laws, business licences are only issued to Malaysians, and foreigners are only allowed to work as employees or assistants provided they have a valid work pass or trade permit,” said Nga.

He said that PBT will not compromise on any clear violations of the terms and conditions of licences issued to any business or licence holders, by taking strict action through seizure, fines, premises closure, or licence revocation.

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