KERAMAT market traders are protesting against their temporary relocation to Keramat Mall, saying it will affect their business.
About 30 of them gathered outside Keramat Mall in Kuala Lumpur to vent their frustration over the move.
Datuk Keramat Malay Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Shoid Chee said they were being forced from their current site where they enjoyed brisk business, to the mall.
The relocation is to make way for the project under the FT Affordable Housing Policy.
“There are 320 traders, out of which 144 wet market traders will occupy the lower ground parking lot while the rest will be relocated to shops inside the mall.
“We have not received any official notice yet but there is a sign at the Keramat Mall parking lot asking vehicles not to park there as the area is being prepared for the relocation of traders from the market.
Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor had met the association members on Jan 29 to propose a development plan for the Datuk Keramat area which would incorporate the market.
“Tengku Adnan said our temporary relocation was confirmed and that the parking lot will be renovated to accommodate us.
“We do not want to move from our current site,” said Shoib.
He added the relocation was first suggested by former Federal Territories Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin and former Kuala Lumpur mayor Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail and both later agreed to allow the Keramat market traders to remain at their current location.
Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Ahmad Phesal Talib also had a dialogue session two years ago about the relocation plan but faced a roadblock as the traders refused to move.
“We want to know how long we will be at Keramat Mall and where our permanent location will be.
“Our livelihood depends on this business and if it suffers at the new location, our families will suffer too,” said Shoib, who urged Kuala Lumpur City Hall to upgrade the Keramat market instead.