New way of running Ramadan bazaars

Traders at a Ramadan bazaar at 13th Mile, Jalan Cheras, Kajang.

TO MINIMISE the hassle of managing annual Ramadan bazaars, Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) is allowing residents to oversee operations.

MPKj Licensing Department assistant director Muhammad Abdul Muhaimin Salleh said residents’ representative committee (MPKK) or the area’s residents associations have been asked to organise the bazaars and take charge.

He hoped the organisers would ensure stall operators maintain cleanliness, control traffic and prevent illegals from trading.

Freed from encumbrances like manpower shortage, Muhammad said the move would allow MPKj to focus on enforcement and regulatory controls.

He however, warned that to ensure the organisers do not abuse the goodwill of the council, regular checks would be carried out so that only the number of lots stipulated in the licensing applications are rented out.

“Checks will be carried out on an ad hoc basis,” Muhammad said, adding that deposit and guarantee fees for a bazaar site with fewer than 100 lots was RM3,500.

A total of 1,569 lots have been allocated for traders by MPKj. Most are in Kajang, Cheras and Bangi.

Of the 47 sites, 37 will sell food for breaking fast while 10 locations will solely be for fashion items and home decor.

In Kajang, TTDI Grove Ramadan food bazaar organiser Rosli Mohd Yusoff said the biggest challenge was to ensure enough people turn up to support the vendors.

Rosli, who is overseeing 38 lots, is handling such an event for the first time.

He is using banners and social media to attract visitors to his location.

“Under my watchful eyes, there will not be any illegal trading going on,” said Rosli.




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