A shoe stall blocking the view of shops at Wisma Yakin.
SHOP OWNERS in Wisma Yakin, Kuala Lumpur, have urged the authorities to beef up enforcement in the Ramadan bazaar along Jalan Masjid India.
Wisma Yakin Trade Association president Datuk Maideen Kadir Shah said the hawker stalls at the bazaar have been cramming up the place and blocking the entrance to the building.
“The crowded hawker stalls have been affecting business inside Wisma Yakin,” he said, after a meeting with the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) Transport Department in Menara DBKL, recently.
Maideen added that the stalls also posed a safety risk as they were located too close to one another and had taken up the pedestrian walk.
“There is no space for ambulances or fire trucks to come through if there is an emergency,” he said.
He added that the Ramadan bazaar had been operating for the past seven years but this was the first time such a problem had occurred.
“Usually, DBKL would consult us before selling the business licences in the area to see if we would agree to have a Ramadan bazaar in front of the building,” he said.
Maideen added that this was the first time DBKL did not consult the Wisma Yakin traders.
“Usually, the stalls were warned not to block the entrance to Wisma Yakin. But there has been a lack of enforcement from DBKL this year,” he said.
Most of the stalls are selling imitation luxury goods.
Mazlan Tahir, who owns a baju Melayu tailoring shop in Wisma Yakin, said his business had seen a 50% decrease since the Ramadan bazaar stalls started operating at the end of June.
“Most of my customers complained that it was a hassle to find parking and to walk into the building,” he said.
A total of 10 Wisma Yakin traders held a symbolic protest after the meeting.