Monday, September 27

Operators warned not to simply renovate outlets


MIRI: Miri City Council (MCC) is warning shop operators here not to simply carry out renovation works on their outlet without approval from the authorities concern as it involves public safety.

Miri Mayor Lawrence Lai said the council was serious about the matter and will not hesitate to take action on those who go against the law.

“We take this matter seriously because it involves public safety and we will take action on those who go against this regulation,” he said during a recent full council meeting. He said the same regulation also apply to traders or stall operators and those trading at integrated markets. On another issue, Lai reminded restaurants and eating outlet operators to only dispose their used cooking oil through the agent who had been authorised by the city council to carry out the contract.

“There is only one contractor for this work here and the company is Bumi Hijau Sdn Bhd.

“The company have been authorised to collect used cooking oil from restaurant and eating outlet operators as this company has the technology to recycle cooking oil so as not to pollute the environment,” he said.

He added that non-authorised agents who collect used cooking oil may resell the cooking oil back to consumers and this could be a health risk to members of the public. “Though the authorised agent, the used cooking oil will be sent to Kuala Lumpur to be processed as it is not suitable for human consumption anymore.

“The processed cooking oil will be turned into biodiesel which will be for industrial use only,” he pointed out.