THE popular durian stalls in SS2, Petaling Jaya was the place to go for those keen on getting their durian “fix”.
Located near the Seapark police station, traders were given temporary licences to operate on council parking bays before they were relocated to six concrete stall units along Jalan Harapan in Section 19 in May.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) said the move was to alleviate the parking problem in SS2 as traders were operating on parking bays.
It added that the relocation of the stalls received approval from the stall owners and the move was done systematically and professionally.
Despite this, teething issues emerged at the trader’s new operating grounds.
Among the complaints from traders include a lack of parking spaces for customers and the small venue.
A few traders also flouted the law by obstructing traffic, placing tables and chairs on some stretches of the road.
Further compounding the problem was the rampant double-parking by customers on both sides of Jalan Harapan, causing the three-lane road to narrow into one and residents to complain about traffic congestion.
Many thronged the stalls despite the risks associated with eating by the roadside.
On one occasion, traders grew emotional when enforcement officers took action against them.
It was reported that some traders provoked enforcement officers, including throwing durian skins at them, which saw the council lodging a police report.
StarMetro reported that the council issued 566 traffic summonses between May and August in Jalan Harapan, each amounting RM100 while traders were also issued compound notices for obstructing traffic.
In the same month, MBPJ ordered all stalls to be closed, requesting traders to submit a letter of undertaking to the council stating that they would hire Rela personnel to help direct traffic and settle all compound notices issued.
Currently, the situation appears to have improved, with the councillor in charge of the area, Ong Swee Long, saying there have not been complaints from traders and the public.
Section 19 Residents Association chairman Tan Yew Leong said the stalls were closed for a few months during the non-peak durian season.
“The stalls reopened about two weeks ago and so far, things have been good,” he said, adding that he had not received any complaints so far.
Tan added that the traders have been abiding by MBPJ’s rules.