‘NO MORE

City coun­cil has no prob­lem com­ply­ing with CM’s direc­tive, says Me­laka mayor

New Straits Times - - News - KELLY KOH

kelly.koh@nst.com.my

THE Me­laka His­toric City Coun­cil (MBMB) has frozen the is­suance of li­cences for “fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres” since 2013.

Mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin said MBMB had no prob­lem com­ply­ing with the direc­tive by Chief Min­is­ter Datuk Seri Idris Haron to stop is­su­ing such li­cences.

“We are keep­ing tabs on ex­ist­ing op­er­a­tors to en­sure they ad­here to con­di­tions in their li­cence,” he said af­ter lead­ing 40 depart­ment heads and coun­cil­lors to sign a cor­rup­tion-free pledge in Graha Mak­mur here yes­ter­day.

The event was wit­nessed by state Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion direc­tor Abu Talib Oth­man.

Zainal said there used to be 17 fam­ily en­ter­tain­ment cen­tres un­der MBMB’s ju­ris­dic­tion.

“Fol­low­ing checks, eight have had their li­cences re­voked for failure to com­ply. Now, there are only nine cen­tres left un­der MBMB’s ju­ris­dic­tion,” he added.

He said the li­cences is­sued were mainly for shop­ping malls where there were op­er­a­tors of­fer­ing fun rides for kids and game ar­cades.

He said reg­u­lar raids had been con­ducted with other en­force­ment agen­cies on er­rant cen­tres.

“We have been con­duct­ing raids twice weekly with var­i­ous agen­cies such as the police, the Cus­toms and Im­mi­gra­tion De­part­ments.

“We can take ac­tion like seiz­ing items, seal­ing off their premises or re­vok­ing their li­cences,” he said, adding that such ac­tions were taken un­der the En­ter­tain­ment and Lo­ca­tions En­act­ment 2001.

Zainal di­rected 13 depart­ment heads to hold in­di­vid­ual pledges for all their 1,160 staff to en­sure that the coun­cil was graft-free.

“From the low­est level of the hi­er­ar­chy, such as the gar­dener, to the high­est level, we want ev­ery­one to sign the pledge and this must be com­pleted by month’s end.”

On a sep­a­rate is­sue, Zainal ex­pressed dis­sat­is­fac­tion over the level of clean­li­ness in the city.

He said the coun­cil would ter­mi­nate the ser­vices of poor-per­form­ing garbage con­trac­tors.

“For this rea­son, we have hired three in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors sta­tioned at three ar­eas to re­move rub­bish not cleared by our own con­trac­tors.

“We will pay the in­de­pen­dent con­trac­tors based on the weight of the rub­bish col­lected, and deduct the salaries of our con­trac­tors for not col­lect­ing rub­bish as sched­uled,” he said.

He said al­though no MBMB con­trac­tors had their con­tracts ter­mi­nated, the coun­cil would act if they failed to col­lect rub­bish three times in a row.

PIC BY MUHAM­MAD ZUHAIRI ZUBER

Mayor Datuk Zainal Hussin (front row, fourth from left) and state Malaysian Anti-Cor­rup­tion Com­mis­sion direc­tor Abu Talib Oth­man (front row, fifth from right) and coun­cil staff af­ter the cor­rup­tion-free pledge in Ayer Keroh yes­ter­day.

PIC BY ABD RAHIM RAHMAT

A MACC of­fi­cer es­cort­ing the sus­pect to the mag­is­trate’s court in Putrajaya yes­ter­day.

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