MCC Launches ‘Ops Patuh 11’ To Act On Errant Traders

MIRI: The ‘Ops Patuh 11’ launched by Miri City Council (MCC) yesterday is not only to take action on irresponsible traders but to create awareness of the importance of having a comfortable environment among the public.

Deputy mayor Julaihi Mohamad said that the operation this time will focus more on traders who are using the five-foot ways, back lane areas as well as parking lots to conduct their business.

For Ops Patuh 11, MCC is working together with three other government agencies; namely the Health Office, the Manpower Department and the Police.

We will be inspecting premises of traders who abuse the parking lots or the back lane areas, causing unnecessary congestion to members of the public. We will also inspect them for cleanliness and illegal extension of trading premises, he said at the launching of the operation yesterday.

Also present were MCC secretary Morshidi Frederick, MCC enforcement officer Iskandar Damaimi as well as councillors.

Julaihi said since Ops Patuh was implemented in 2010 the operation has been improved to involve all sections under MCC so that inspections can be held on a bigger scale.

Through the operation, traders will be aware that they will be inspected according to laws of the local government which will involve various agencies, he said, adding that he wants traders to take the operation seriously and ensure that they do not violate the laws implemented by MCC.

Julaihi also pointed out that the on-going operation should not be seen as a ‘festival’ but reports have to be made and submitted daily by the operation team to ensure that the operation has positive impacts.

Meanwhile, the operation yesterday involved 53 personnel who were divided into four zones Zone 1 (Morsjaya, Taman Tunku and Taman Jelita); Zone 2 (City Centre, Miri Waterfront and Centrepoint); Zone 3 (Pelita, Boulevard and North Yu Seng) and Zone 4 (Permyjaya, Lutong and Senadin).