KUCHING: There are no double standards in the handling of hawkers selling their crops at the city’s parking spaces, said Miri City Council (MCC) Mayor Adam Yii.
Responding to public queries over why certain hawkers are allowed to sell their agricultural produce at parking spaces at Boulevard and Morsjaya commercial centres, he said the hawkers have been given temporary permits to operate.
“The city council is not practising double standard in handling the issues, these seasonal fruits seller were given temporary permits,” he said today (July 29).
Earlier on Wednesday, the MCC Mayor visited several stalls at Boulevard commercial centre to monitor the compliance of the traders to the Covid-19 standard operating procedures (SOPs).
“I was happy to find that all of them were in full compliance. I further reminded them to ensure that the SOPs were to be enforced fully.
“The seasonal fruits season is on again. The local delicacies like durians, dabai, rambutans are now available in abundance.
“As in previous years, Miri City Council has issued a total of 11 Seasonal Fruits Temporary Permits with RM200 per month for each permit.
“This involves (traders) at eight parking lots at Boulevard commercial centre and three parking lots at Morsjaya Commercial Centre for the sale of these seasonal fruits,” he said.
Earlier this week, MCC has defended its move to shutdown illegal hawkers in Lutong.
The local authority said the move was necessary following complaints on non-compliance with the Covid-19 SOP.
“The operation was carried out successfully with seizure including big trading umbrellas, vegetables, fruits and discarded boxes which are now deposited at the council’s enforcement store where they can be reclaimed,” it said in a statement.