JOHOR BARU: Sixty Ramadan traders have been conducting unlicensed business operations at Nusa Perintis in Gelang Patah.
Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) president Adib Azhari Daud said the traders, who were managed by the Gelang Patah Malay Traders and Entrepreneurs Cooperative, had submitted an application to the council at a different location.
“The application was made at the SILC industrial areas on March 5 and it was approved by the Licensing Committee Meeting (JKL) on April 30 after receiving the approval from the landlord, Tiong Nam Industries.
“However, the group insisted on setting up the Ramadan bazaar at Taman Nusa Perintis in Gelang Patah,” he said.
Adib said checks showed that the traders submitted an application to MBIP to operate at the Nusa Perintis Ramadan bazaar, but the request was declined due to several reasons.
Among the reasons, he said, were complaints from the Taman Nusa Perintis residents due to traffic congestion as well as from the existing traders at the area.
“Other issues include the limited number of parking spaces and cleanliness,” he said, adding that the council had rejected the request during its JKL meeting on Feb 14.
Gelang Patah Malay Traders and Entrepreneurs Cooperative chairman Shahrulizam Shahmin expressed his disappointment as he said the Nusa Perintis Ramadan bazaar was a popular market at the area.
“This is a favourite spot for bazaar-goers in the district since it was first set up 18 years ago,” he said.
He added that initially, the team comprised of some 110 traders but when MBIP issued an order to relocate the bazaar the number decreased to 60.