MPSJ scraps quota for wellness centres (28.5.15)

The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has abolished the quota for wellness centres in the municipality with immediate effect.

The council will decide on a case by case basis applications by business owners for licences to provide services such as reflexology, acupuncture, cupping therapy, meditation and other health-related treatments.

However, the freeze on massage parlours still stands.

Council president Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan announced this after the council’s monthly full board meeting yesterday at its headquarters in USJ 5.

“Previously, we had a quota to control the number of wellness centres.

“From now on, enforcement officers will have to step up and conduct spot checks on these centres,” he said.

There are currently more than 400 licensed wellness centres, including those offering massage services, in the municipality.

While existing massage parlours can continue operating, a freeze on issuing new licences has been imposed since 2007.

MPSJ Corporate Planning Department deputy director Muhammad Azli Miswan added that another reason for doing away with the quota is that “the council is aware that more people are into health and wellness now, it is a trend”.

“Furthermore, people have the skills to provide such services. We just have to check on these centres to ensure that they follow the regulations,” he said.

Also highlighted by a councillor at the meeting was the issue of shoddy road works.

Nor Hisham said he too has received some complaints.

“I have spoken to the engineering department and we will terminate the service of bad contractors,” he said.

There are 24 contractors under the council, one for each zone.

To date, five have received warnings for not adhering to guidelines.

On the issue of noise pollution at Jalan Berkat in Kampung Seri Aman caused by piling works for the LRT project, Nor Hisham instructed officers to look into it immediately.

It was highlighted that piling was carried out late at night till the wee hours of the morning.

Source: The Star

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