MIMI Slasteri Zaini was relieved to finally have a temporary licence to operate her food truck at a few locations in Kuala Lumpur.
The 30-year-old said she previously sold drinks such as green tea by the roadside.
“Going into the food truck business is much better.
“It took a lot of effort to set up. Now, I can just park and open up for business immediately without much effort.
“I can even operate on my own without workers as I do not need to carry heavy umbrellas and tables to set up,” said Mimi, who operates in Jalan Tengah and Bangsar Utama.
She was one of the 16 vendors who received temporary licences from Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor at the 1Malaysia Food Heritage Carnival at Taman Tasik Titiwangsa last week. Also present was his deputy Datuk Loga Bala Mohan.
The carnival saw more than 100 stalls and 20 food trucks selling traditional food.
The three-day carnival, held from Feb 26 to 28, featured demonstrations by local chefs, performances, lucky draws and a fishing competition.
In his speech, Tengku Adnan said the ministry, Tekun Nasional and Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) were willing to help roadside hawkers upgrade to become food truck vendors.
“We are willing to provide the necessary facilities but traders must be willing to improve themselves and not take the easy way out,” he said.
He also urged food truck vendors to be innovative in offering a variety of food.
StarMetro recently reported that temporary licences would be issued to food truck operators in Kuala Lumpur and Putrajaya from February.
Federal Territories Ministry deputy secretary-general (management and socio-economic) Datuk Nor Aini Abdul Wahab acknowledged there was a demand for the service.
“Even though we set up centres for them to conduct their business, some were illegally operating on the streets,” she said, in explaining the rationale for the decision in an interview in Putrajaya.
Nor Aini said the licence issued by DBKL and Putrajaya Corporation would be known as a “mobile licence” and was different from a trader’s licence.
“If petty traders want to go into the food truck business, they would need to apply for this new temporary licence,” she said.
She added that the ministry, through DBKL would be giving a RM10,000 grant for operators to purchase a caravan for their food truck business but it was limited to 50 units.