RESIDENTS in Jalan SS5D/6 in SS5, Petaling Jaya, are upset over hawkers operating in the neighbourhood, claiming that they are contributing to cleanliness issues and increased traffic.
Operating from food trucks and makeshift stalls located across a hypermarket, these hawkers sell fried rice, burgers, fried chicken and even durian, among other things.
One resident, Vinolan Batsalaruban, said the road was often littered with rubbish and drains were clogged because of improper waste disposal by the hawkers.
“Used plastic bags, food wrappers and plastic cups are discarded on the road by irresponsible customers,” he said, adding that the stalls often begin operating as early as 8am and would wind down operations only at night.
He said the makeshift stalls, which began mushrooming in the area three years ago, were also causing the rat population in the area to increase.
Despite multiple complaint made to Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), Vinolan said no concrete action had been taken thus far.
“Several officers were despatched to the area a few months back but they only issued summonses to the vehicles which were parked near the stalls.
Another resident, who did not want to be named, said haphazard parking by the hawkers and their customers was a cause for concern.
A check by StarMetro revealed that one house was even being used for commercial purposes as tables and chairs were set up to accommodate customers.
Kelana Jaya Hawkers Association chairman Hamizah Abdul Hamid, when contacted, said all the hawkers in that area were licensed.
“Initially, the hawkers operated on the other side of the road, in front of the hypermarket.
“However, they were moved to the current location two decades ago following a discussion with the residents and MBPJ at the time.”
She added that the majority of vehicles parked in the area belonged to those working at the offices there who wanted to avoid paying for parking.
MBPJ corporate communications officer Ahmad Iskandar Mohamad Mukhtar, when contacted, said the matter had been forwarded to the relevant department for investigation.