NEW guidelines will be implemented to better manage night markets and prevent foreign hawkers from doing business.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib said under the new system, all registered hawkers would be issued a serial number by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), which must be displayed at their stalls to prove they are legal.
“DBKL’s Hawker Management Department will also be looking into the most suitable size for a lot to ensure night markets are more organised and structured.
“Since last year, we have issued more than 200 summonses for various offences including subletting of lots. We will no longer tolerate this and hawkers who are found to have sublet their lots will have their licences revoked.
“Action will be taken against the organiser if this takes place in their night markets,” he said after meeting the organisers of night markets at DBKL headquarters yesterday.
“Our enforcement officers will be monitoring the night markets and any foreigners found trading there will have their goods confiscated,” he added.
Ahmad Phesal said once the guidelines were finalised, DBKL would embark on a pilot project in May to test its efficiency at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) night market.
“The TTDI night market had to be closed in January after the organiser failed to address numerous complaints on obstruction, congestion and cleanliness.
“Although it was later allowed to reopen, it is under probation as we cannot allow a night market to operate in such conditions.
“It must be understood that a night market licence is not permanent and is reviewed from time to time.
“For example, a night market can be relocated to a more suitable area and if none is identified, the organiser and hawkers have to accept the fact that they cannot continue operating anymore,” he said.
Ahmad Phesal said DBKL was also planning to include the Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman night market as the final destination of a guided night tour of Kuala Lumpur.
“When we do so, we expect the night market to be in a presentable condition, with standardised canopies and systematic organisation and management.
“DBKL’s Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department started the transformation efforts in five locations in 2012, namely Taman Wilayah Selayang, Taman Melati Gombak, Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Metro Prima Kepong and Jalan Telawi.
“A similar exercise has been carried out in seven more locations,” he said, adding that there were 98 night markets with 21,618 licensed hawkers in Kuala Lumpur.