Belait, Seria waiting for shop operation directive
THE Municipal Board of Kuala Belait and Seria yesterday said the directive on all shops to close by midnight currently only serves as a “guideline” for the Kuala Belait and Seria areas until the Ministry of Home Affairs (MoHA) clarifies further.
Chairman of the Kuala Belait and Seria Municipal Board Hj Ali Matyassin yesterday urged Belait residents to wait for MoHA to issue a press statement which will clarify the directive.
The Bandar Seri Begawan Municipal Board issued a circular on May 14 which stated that all shops and restaurants will not be allowed to operate after midnight.
“The new circular was issued to all municipals, including the Municipal Board of Kuala Belait and Seria,” said Hj Ali Matyassin.
“The 12am closure has actually been in application for retail shops for quite a while in Belait.
“During or leading to Hari Raya festivities for example, when shops run ‘crazy sales’ at supermarkets and textile stores, they have to apply for an extension to operate beyond 12am, which in the past has been granted.”
When asked about what time shops are allowed to re-open after closing at midnight, especially since the month of Ramadhan is nearing, the chairman said this was not certain yet, and would be pending the ministry’s decision.
According to the circular, any shops found operating after midnight will have actions taken against them, including releasing a notice, letter of suspension, or cancellation of their business licence.
The circular added that permission previously granted to shops or restaurants to operate after midnight have been revoked effective May 14.
The Brunei Times