News: DBKL Urged to Take Action Against Illegal Businesses in Residential Areas

Feb 4, 2019


Residents are calling on the Kuala Lumpur City Hall’s (DBKL) to take the necessary action against property owners who have illegally converted their houses into business premises, reported Free Malaysia Today.

This comes as these illegal businesses have caused various inconveniences like noise and traffic jam.

A resident, who wanted to be known only as Avinash, cited two houses in Batu 3, Jalan Ipoh which have been turned into a restaurant and workshop.

He noted that it is business as usual for the two establishments even when DBKL has served them with notices.

“I have lodged complaints with DBKL about these two shops,” he said.

“In 2016, the workshop operated with a permit but later it was cancelled by DBKL. They got back the permit in 2017. DBKL told me that they were surprised how the workshop was allowed to operate again.”

Meanwhile, the restaurant had been told by the authorities to stop operations within the area.

“The restaurant started about six months ago and was told to close down by DBKL as it is illegal. But the business is still on,” he said.

With the the shops, many cars were seen illegally parking within the housing area.

“It is really bad, especially during rush hour. How can we residents tolerate this?” he asked.

Another resident, who wanted to be identified only as Alan, wondered how the businesses were able to secure licenses considering that residential units must first obtain a clearance to be converted for commercial use.

Residents’ efforts to have DBKL take action against the illegal shops had been in vain.

“They keep saying that they are still in the middle of investigating,” said Avinash.

With this, Batu MP P Prabakaran pledged to help bring up the issue to the authorities. “These shops are illegal and I will look into the matter.”


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