Ipoh mayor denies issuing fines for not flying the national flag for Merdeka

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The Ipoh City Council (MBI) has denied reports claiming that it has issued RM250 compounds to premises that failed to fly the Jalur Gemilang.

Bernama

Mayor Rumaizi Baharin said his office only advised such premises to put up the national flag to celebrate Merdeka Day.

“After we were asked by the media, of course, we replied that there are RM250 compounds set out under Section 107(2) of the Local Government Act for not following the premise licence requirements,” he said.

“But we never said we would issue such compounds. By right, the Jalur Gemilang should be displayed, but MBI has never fined the premises. We have (only) advised them.”

Section 107(2) of the Act states that every licence or permit granted shall be subject to such conditions and restrictions as the local authority may think fit. It also says these licences or permits are revocable at any time without assigning any reason.

Rumaizi said it was up to the premise owners to play their part in flying the Jalur Gemilang to foster the spirit of Merdeka, which falls on Aug 31.

Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) also said that it would not issue fines against premises not flying the Jalur Gemilang.

According to media reports, the Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj), the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), the Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) and the Kota Bharu Municipal Council (MPKB-BRI) will also not be issuing compounds.

To date, only the Kuantan City Council (MBK) has been reported to have issued compounds to premises for not displaying the Jalur Gemilang. – FMT