OVER 25 food courts run by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) have become white elephants as not many stalls are operating and are less frequented by the public.
DBKL hopes to rebrand the food courts to best suit their respective locality as their current location is no longer practical.
DBKL Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department director Ibrahim Yusof said some food courts were better suited to be turned into a retail mall concept based on their location, while in other areas they could be used as community centres, or as pinball or futsal centres.
“We will re-look at which ones are better suited for what as many of these food courts have become an eyesore,’’ he said.
Ibrahim said the top five white elephant food courts in the city among the 26 run by DBKL were in Jalan Mega Mendung in Jalan Kelang Lama, Desa Aman in Cheras, Desa Tun Razak, Batu Bata in Jalan Damai and Jalan Wirawati in Kampung Pandan.
“In some parts, we may even outsource the building to another organisation to take over the management. They may be better at managing the place than us,’’ he said.
Earlier, Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor announced plans to relocate roadside hawkers into food courts in the city.
The plan also involved giving the hawkers food trucks to run their business.
“The government has allocated RM500,000 to help 50 roadside hawkers to get trucks to operate their food truck business.
“DBKL will give each hawker RM10,000 deposit to get the food trucks and we are negotiating with Tekun Nasional to help them get loans for the remainder of the fee,” he added.
Tengku Adnan also said that DBKL had carried out a census on Sept 1 to find out the number of roadside stalls in the city.
The census that is expected to end on Oct 31, had recorded 7,807 hawkers so far.
“These are people who are operating outside buildings, under trees, beside drains, and other places.
“It is time we revamped the entire set up and move towards a more clean and less cluttered KL,’’ he said.
Tengku Adnan also gave out annual allocations to five traders associations in Kuala Lumpur amounting to RM170,000.
The associations that received the contribution are Malay Traders Association, Federal Territory Bumiputera Traders Association, Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association, Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya Indian Petty Traders Association and Federal Territory Bumiputera shopkeepers and Traders associations.