PBT does not have the power to arrest illegal immigrants

SHAH ALAM – The local authority in Selangor does not have the power to arrest illegal immigrants (PATI) but rather it is under the responsibility of the Malaysian Immigration Department.

Selangor Local Government and Tourism Exco, Datuk Ng Suee Lim said, PBT can only take action against business premises that violate business license conditions.

Among the offenses are renting a business license to a foreigner without valid documents or hiring a foreigner who runs a business without a license.

“If it is found that there are traders who sell or rent permits or business premises and employ foreigners at the stalls, action will be taken to confiscate the goods sold and the business license will be cancelled,” he said.

He said this during a debate session to uphold the order of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah’s speech at the Selangor State Legislative Assembly (DUN) session on Monday.

Earlier, Dr Ab Halim Tamuri requested the state government to carry out the operation following the influx of foreigners in the state assembly.

Suee Lim said, in addition, market traders who are found guilty of lending licenses to foreigners may be subject to compound action and the business license will be revoked.

“This is in line with the circular of the Secretary of the Selangor State Government Section of Local Authorities number 1 of 2020 which is the basic guidelines for the activities of hawkers and small traders in the state of Selangor which came into force on 19 June 2020,” he added.

In the meantime, he said, the state government will also refine the order of the Sultan of Selangor, Sultan Sharafuddin Idris Shah who wants PBT councilors to consist of 50 percent professionals.

He said, the matter needs to be thoroughly investigated so that the continuity of services on the PBT side can be streamlined.

“The appointment of PBT councilors comprising 50 percent of professional members brings various reactions and benefits in addition to the PBT getting views and expertise,” he said.

He said that PBT councilors are representatives of the state government in delivering policies and initiatives as well as local community programs.

“Council members are responsible for representing the interests of the community in the PBT area to ensure safety and well-being in an area is maintained,” he added.

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