Keeping fruit sellers in check - Metro News | The Star Online

MIRI: Fruit sellers in the city have been issued compound notices by Miri City Council (MCC) for illegal trading at roadsides and public places.

This is in light of increasing complaints on traffic obstruction and indiscriminate dumping of fruit waste.

“In preparation for the arrival of seasonal fruits, particularly durian, rambutan and dabai, MCC has designated a section of the public parking place at Miri Indoor Stadium for selling of such fruits.

“The area is deemed suitable as it has sufficient parking lots to accommodate them, it will not cause any traffic obstruction and collection of fruit wastes would be easy,” said mayor Adam Yii.

On Jan 10, the council and the Immigration Department carried out a joint operation at affected areas such as at Tamu Muhibbah, where fruit sellers were trading illegally at parking lots and roadside, causing traffic obstruction. There were reports that foreigners also set up business there.

Officers seizing fruits from unlicensed sellers at Tamu Muhibbah.

During the joint operation, 13 compound notices were issued while goods of three sellers who had fled the scene were confiscated.

These items were recorded down before they were transported to MCC’s Enforcement Depot. They will be kept for 14 days pending owners’ claims.

MCC will allow traders to claim perishable items within 24 hours once they have settled the impound and compound fees.

After the grace period, the council will dispose the items according to its standard operating procedures (SOP).

In a statement, MCC clarified its enforcement department had SOPs to adhere to in carrying out its operation and there was an audit system in place to ensure the procedures were not abused.

The council said several allegations against it that appeared on social media were found to be untrue.

MCC will continue to carry out the operation from time to time to ensure the sale of seasonal fruits is being carried out orderly without resulting in traffic obstruction and cleanliness issues.