Shopowners wrongfully fined by MPSJ (24.4.15)

Different ruling: While some coffeeshops were asked to partially cover the logo, others were forced to cover the company names as well.(The Star)

Different ruling: While some coffeeshops were asked to partially cover the logo, others were forced to cover the company names as well.(The Star)

SEVERAL coffeeshops in Subang Jaya have complained that they were issued compounds for displaying logos of beer brands on their signboards despite having the required licence.

Enforcement officers from Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) conducted the exercise at coffeeshops in USJ 2 and SS15 and covered the logos with paper.

The coffeeshop owners subsequently held a press conference, accompanied by MPSJ councillor Pooi Weng Keong, to voice their displeasure.

Pooi called the enforcement exercise “ridiculous”, especially since the action taken was inconsistent.

“There is no such law. Moreover, the officers did not carry out the same course of action for all.

“Some were given verbal warnings, some were asked to cover the logo partially while one owner was forced to cover the entire logo,” he highlighted.

He said the offence stated on the summons of RM1,000 was “unlicensed signboard for hard liquor.”

He clarified that beer was not hard liquor and did not fall under that category.

When contacted, MPSJ president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said he had cancelled the compound notices and the coffeeshops were allowed to continue displaying the logos on their signboards.

He added that all coffeeshop owners who had paid the compound would be refunded.

Nor Hisham said the officers had neither informed him nor the enforcement director of the exercise. He also said the staff had been reminded that any enforcement exercise was required to get his approval first.

Source: The Star

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