Kajang local draft plan to be displayed soon

  • Metro News
  • Tuesday, 30 Jan 2018

Bandar Mahkota Cheras business owners and residents’ representatives are objecting to the councils move in creating Laman Niaga in the township. — Filepic

KAJANG Municipal Council (MPKj) will make the Kajang Local Draft Plan 2035 available for public viewing soon so that stakeholders can give their feedback.

The local draft plan was introduced to the councillors during MPKj’s first full board meeting of the year.

MPKj president Mohd Sayuthi Bakar said the previous local draft plan would expire in 2020, so the council had come up with a plan that would extend until 2035.

The public can give their feeback over a one-month period when the draft plan is displayed for viewing.

A few potential developments were brought up in the introduc­tion to the plan, including the idea of turning Bangi into a low-carbon city and the development potential in Semenyih as well as Beranang.

“The focus of development has been shifting to the south and many of the areas in Semenyih and Beranang have yet to be developed,” said Mohd Sayuthi.

While it was not specified when the draft plan would be open to the public, MPKj planned to release CD copies for public convenience.

Towards the end of the meeting, MPKj councillor Leong Chiew Sing raised an issue of business owners and residents objecting to the council’s move in creating a commercial site called Laman Niaga for hawkers in Bandar Mahkota Cheras.

A previous article dated Dec 26, 2017 reported that business owners near the commercial site had been protesting since February 2016.

Responding to accusations that MPKj had wrongly used open spaces for the site, Mohd Sayuthi clarified that the council could only place such sites at buffer zones, between public roads and developed areas.

He said illegal hawkers had always set up business by the roadside, and in an effort to solve the problem, MPKj gathered them at a single place so they could operate with valid business licences.

“We want to give them an opportunity to make a living too.

“We allow them to operate there on the condition that they will not sell goods that are in direct competition with surrounding businesses,” he said, adding that MPKj also took into account the welfare of the local business owners.

Mohd Sayuthi gave the example that stalls selling seasonal fruits like durian or mandarin oranges were not allowed to sell other types of fruits that would compete with shopowners nearby who were selling the same fruits.

He added that the council was considering creating more of such hawker spaces elsewhere, such as in Bandar Baru Bangi.

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