Ipoh City Council (MBI) enforcement will not take any actions against roadside food stall operators such as the many seen in Meru Raya.
According to the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, MBI is aware of the situation with illegal stalls and those operating in non-designated areas.
“Indeed, business activities like this disrupt the view of the town and affect surrounding cleanliness.
“Despite that, we understand what the worsening economic situation has resulted in and that many citizens have lost their jobs due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“We do not want to issue any actions, as we’d like to give Ipohites the opportunity to open their own food stalls as one of the income sources to support their families,” Rumaizi told Ipoh Echo in an exclusive interview at his office in MBI building recently.
He added, the council is aware of illegal stalls in Meru Raya and has received complaints from nearby premises regarding the situation.
“MBI is in efforts to find both long and short-term solutions, such as relocating operators at identified locations.
“Nevertheless, the current situation needs to be taken into account before any drastic measures against the said stalls.
“Hopefully, stall operators maintain cleanliness of their premises after business hours and that no further complaints are received,” Rumaizi expressed.