MBPJ: No change in decision to move festive traders

THE Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is firm with its decision that the Sungai Way Deepavali Bazaar traders move to a new location.

This was relayed to traders’ representatives at a closed-door meeting with deputy mayor Johary Anuar.

He told them the decision to relocate the Sungai Way bazaar from Jalan SS9A/13 to Jalan SS9A/12, near the Sri Sakthi Easwari Temple, would remain.

“The council has made its decision that the bazaar be relocated,” revealed MBPJ councillor Sean Oon who attended the meeting and oversees the Sungai Way area.

Mayor Mohd Azizi Mohd Zain had said the new location was better as it was more spacious and other markets had been there, including the Ramadan bazaar.

A few traders had appealed to stay put at their present location.

Oon added that the application for lots had slowly picked up at the new place. The bazaar is set to begin on Oct 10.

StarMetro had reported that demand was poor with only one application form sold between Sept 15 and 23 leading MBPJ to extend the sale of forms until Oct 6.

A check showed 11 more traders have since applied, with seven having paid the RM90 a month rental.

“The rental of lots will remain open until all 18 spots are filled.

“Based on previous bazaars, some traders only like to trade two weeks before Deepavali,” said Oon.

It is learnt the traders have not given up and will be petitioning again to appeal against the relocation.

Flashback: StarMetro's report on Sept 30.

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