Penang: Litterbugs face RM250 fine come Feb 1

Posted on December 27, 2010. Filed under: Laws and Regulations |

-The Sun-

Litterbugs beware as you may be slapped with a RM250 fine if you are caught littering in public places.

Penang Island Municipal Council’s (MPPP) financial management sub-committee alternate chairman Tan Hun Wooi said the summons for littering was previously RM50 and only those who throw large items like furniture are fined RM250.

“Now, we want to standardise everything so anyone caught littering, even it’s a piece of tissue or a cigarette butt, will be fined RM250,” he said.

The new summons rate will be effective Feb 1.

Tan also said there will not be any discount for those issued with this summons. “They will have to pay the full sum of RM250.”

The increase in summons will hopefully be more effective in deterring people from littering, he told a press conference after a full council meeting at the City Hall today.

On an unrelated issue, Tan said the council had to reject an application by Chew Jetty for an additional allocation of RM61,832.24.

“The council had earlier granted a special allocation of RM268,0000 to Chew Jetty for upgrading and restorating works on Chew Jetty so we are unable to allocate more funds,” he said.

The council also decided to call for an open tender for the commercial space consisting of 19 units at the council’s multi-storey carpark situated at Lebuh Pantai and Lebuh Victoria.

Those who submit their tenders for the project will need to submit a conceptual plan for the use of the commercial space and the rental for the space is RM10,000 each month.

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