REQUIREMENT: Building and business owners have to pledge to keep their premises free of vice activities
BOTH massage parlour and cyber cafe building and business owners will be required to pledge to the state that they will not allow any form of vice activities at their premises, under a new proposal.
If found guilty, the building owner must agree to allow the local councils to seal off the premises.
This new policy of "aku janji" (pledge) will be implemented by year-end, said Selangor state secretary Datuk Mohammed Khusrin Munawi.
He said this at the launch of Enforcement and Transformation for Local Councils in Malaysia Seminar organised by the Petaling Jaya City Council.
He added that the new policy will be implemented when licences for these business are renewed at their respective local councils.
Khusrin said this is an effort by the state to eradicate vice activities.
"Both the business owner and the building owners will now be held responsible. When the local council has the authority to close down their operations, both business and building owners will suffer the consequences," he said.
Khusrin said the policy is the first of its kind in the country and was formed as a more effective measure to curb illegal activities.
"At present, the local council only confiscates the mattresses and computers. The loss is little and the illegal business are back in operations within a few days. This new policy is expected to be more effective," he said.
At the launch of the seminar, the council and the Selangor Anti-Corruption Agency also signed a memorandum of understanding to further enhance ties to eradicate corruption.
The anti-corruption officers are also involved in the raids organised by the council but with the signing of the memorandum it will enhance the council's credibility, said mayor Datuk Mohamad Roslan Sakiman.
"We want the council's integrity intact when enforcement takes place. We also want to work closely with the anti-corruption agency," said Roslan.
On a different matter, the state will also implement the "Non-Pensionable Allowance" which will help to standardise the pay scale of the council officers.
Khusrin said this is to help form a uniform scale for the same level officers in all local councils in the state.
He said since the job scope is the same, the directors of the department must also be compensated equally.
"Pay scale of all directors of the municipal level and city council level will be adjusted accordingly. This can be done with the implementation of 'Non-Pensionable Allowance'," he said.
He added currently the pay scale differs among officers and directors of all local councils in the state.
"We do not want this to affect their work performance. The adjustment will be made latest by year-end."