Wednesday, March 20

‘Licences to be a must for home biz’

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Abang Abdul Wahap (third right) presents the certificate of appreciation to Mohd Fauzi as DBKU officers look on.

KUCHING: Kuching North City Commission (DBKU) will soon make it mandatory for businesses operating from private residences to be licensed.

Its Datuk Bandar Datuk Abang Abdul Wahap Abang Julai said there had been too many complaints regarding home-based businesses, especially against those who turned their homes into food premises.

As such, he said DBKU is now drafting a proposal to the minister in charge of local government to enable DBKU to have power to issue such licences.

He explained that regulating home-based businesses is in line with DBKU’s plan to make Kuching a beautiful, clean and safe city.

“DBKU will submit the proposal for a system that requires house owners who run businesses from their homes to be licensed just like those operating at the shops. The present laws have not covered this.

“We hope for positive feedback from the government, and we also hope to cooperate with the Land and Survey Department on this matter,” he said when met by reporters after the DBKU monthly assembly yesterday.

In his address earlier, Abang Abdul Wahap said DBKU must have proper urban planning to ensure the city remains orderly and conducive.

Citing a recent report by the World Health Organisation (WHO) which stated 75 per cent of the world’s population will be living in urban centres by 2030, he said areas under DBKU must also be ready to accommodate the rise in population due to rural-urban migration.

During the same function, Abang Abdul Wahap presented long-service awards to six staff members of DBKU who have served for 25 years as well as certificates of appreciation and souvenirs to three retired staff members.

A police officer, ASP Mohd Fauzi Mohamad, also received a certificate of appreciation in recognition of his assistance to DBKU in handling crime cases in the city.