THE festive mood is fully present among Taman Bukit Gembira night market traders this Chinese New Year as for the first time in 21 years, they can conduct their business without worrying about raids by authorities since they have been legalised by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
Seputeh MCA public service bureau chairman Banie Chin, who visited the area to distribute oranges, said the traders here had faced a lot of troubles over the past two decades as DBKL would come in to shut down their operations.
Walking alongside Chin through the pasar malam, Taman Bukit Gembira Night Market Traders Association vice-chairman Wong Sin You expressed his appreciation of Chin’s support throughout their struggle to become legal.
“We used to be worried all the time because we would get about four or five compounds a year.
“Now that we are legalised, I just hope the other hawkers will also continue to help keep the pasar malam site clean,” he said.
Chin distributed 40 to 50 boxes of oranges to the 131 market traders, besides their customers.
“It is a good annual tradition to give away oranges as a symbol of prosperity,” said Chin, who had also distributed ang pow and oranges at old folk’s homes as well as homes for the underprivileged to spread the festive cheer.