theSun says 'Open!'
Satay outlet may stay open for a while[Source: pg4, theSun, 31st October, 2006).
by Terence Fernandez and Llew-Ann Phang
KLANG: He is an assemblyman, an Umno leader and a public figure. This is why the illegal satay outlet operated by Port Klang assemblyman Datuk Zainal @ Zakaria Mat Deros may still do brisk business for a while.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK) president Abd Bakir Zin said yesterday that although numerous notices have been issued to DZ Satay House to stop operations, the decision to seal, close or demolish the structure has not been exercised.
Although MPK has every power to do so, it is awaiting the green light from Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohd Khir Toyo before action is taken.
"He is an assemblyman, an Umno leader ... so he is answerable to the MB," Abd Bakir said at his office.
He said a detailed report on the stall containing documents and information gathered will be submitted over the next few days to Mohd Khir.
There will also be a report on other issues, including the failure to pay assessment by several councillors.
Abd Bakir reiterated that the council has left the decision on the next course of action on DZ Satay House to Khir because: « Zakaria is a state assemblyman and the council respects his position; « he is the Port Klang Umno division chief, and « he was appointed as a councillor by Mohd Khir.
"The decision will have to be taken by the MB and I will make sure he reads the report and makes a decision," Abd Bakir said, adding that he wanted to follow proper procedures as the matter had become a national issue.
On a newspaper report that DZ Satay House had been sealed, Abd Bakir said: "Not sealed. We have sent several notices to stop operations as it is being run without proper approval."
Asked why the outlet was not open, he said: "They might be on holiday (masih cuti raya)."
He said the council is also waiting for Zakaria to withdraw from the councillor's post but is abiding by the time-frame of up to Nov 8, as directed by the state government.
He explained the current status: Zakaria "accepted" the position which made him a councillor, thus he has to withdraw from the position.
"Failing this, the decision to dismiss him from the position will be implemented by the state government," Abd Bakir said.
He also said the council's operations had been affected because of the delay in appointing the 2006-2008 councillors.
He said committee meetings and full-board meetings could not take place, hence the delay in drawing up policies and implementing decisions.
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