SIX foodstall owners were recently slapped with RM300 compound fines for operating their businesses before 3pm during the fasting month.
ALOR STAR: The action was taken during a two-day joint operation, dubbed Ops Ramadan, by the Alor Star City Council (MBAS) and Kedah Islamic Religious Department.
The raiding party also confiscated the stalls' food and equipment.
MBAS enforcement division chief, Saifullizam Othman, said the stall owners had flouted the council's by-law which prohibited Muslim food sellers from operating their businesses before 3pm.
"The operation was held in conjunction with the Ramadan month, when Muslim food sellers could only begin operating after 3pm.
"Those who breached the by-law would be liable to a RM300 compound and have their equipment and food seized," he said.
Saifullizam said the errant operators would have to pay the fines before they could reclaim their confiscated items.
Checks by New Straits Times showed a group of people at an eatery had fled the scene when the raiding party raided the premises.
Meanwhile, four other people were also issued compounds of RM300 after they were caught selling food and drinks from their cars to Muslim customers.
The raiding party also seized food from their cars.
"This is another way of irresponsible people selling food to Muslims who skip their fast. They would go around town in their cars to sell the food," he said.
No arrests were made during the operation.