RAMADAN bazaar traders in Petaling Jaya have to reduce the use of plastic bags and patrons are encouraged to pack food in their own containers, such as tiffin carriers.
Deputy Petaling Jaya mayor Puasa Taib said this was in line with the council’s plan to promote a sustainable lifestyle and green living under the city council’s “PJ Liveable City Strategic Plan 2030”.
“A health seminar was held earlier this month to educate traders on health, cleanliness and food-handling practices.
“We have emphasised that they use paper as wrappers instead of plastic bags. This is to ensure the cleanliness of the bazaar sites are maintained at all times,” he said, adding that there were 20 Ramadan bazaars in the Petaling Jaya area.
As part of the council’s measures to ensure traders manage their stalls efficiently, Puasa said their stalls were placed according to categories of dry, wet and grilled, with the grilled activities being placed at the back, while the dry stalls were at the front.
Traders are also required to have their own garbage bins at their stalls.
“We are now testing the feasibility of this concept. It will allow our enforcement officers to monitor hygiene of the food sold and the cleanliness of the bazaar area,” he said.
Puasa said about 60 traders disapproved of the concept.
The Ramadan bazaars are in PJ Selatan (PJS) and PJ Utara (PJU), with the hotspots being SS 6/1 in Kelana Jaya, Jalan PJS 2D/9 in Taman Medan, Jalan Teknologi 3/6A in Kota Damansara and Damansara Damai (near Apartment Vista).
Other Ramadan bazaars are in Section 17/1A, SS8 (Sungai Way), Section 14/27, PJS 1/30 (Taman Sri Manja), PJS 6/3 (Kampung Lindungan), PJS 6/5 (Desa Mentari), Kampung Baiduri, Jalan Othman Bus Station, Section 8 (Sungai Jernih), Meranti Apartment (Sri Damansara), Sections 4, 5 and 7 in Kota Damansara, Kampung Sungai Kayu Ara, Prima Damansara and Lembah Subang.
Puasa said 60 enforcement officers would monitor the hotspot areas with regular checks carried out by health officers.
“Stall operators are required to display their licences and their helpers must use their identification tags. Those who flout the regulation will face a maximum compound of RM250 and will not be issued with licences next year,” Puasa said.
He also warned stall operators that they would be fined if their stalls were rented out to foreigners. They would also be barred from getting a licence next year.