TWO years after their shops in Hulu Kelang were demolished to make way for the East Klang Valley Expressway (EKVE) project, 39 affected traders finally received the RM8,000 token sum promised by the project developer.
Former trader Ismaniza Ismail, who operated a metal working business, said the money would be used to offset some of the rental for their shop in Selayang.
“Hopefully, this will help sustain our business there for a while longer. It is better than nothing, ” she said.
Another former trader, Emran Dasuki said many of the traders could no longer afford to operate elsewhere since their premises were demolished.
“These were small businesses and they did not make much profit. So to continue to operate their business elsewhere was too costly, ” he said, adding that he had to move his electrical business to Ampang Mewah, Selangor.
Hulu Kelang assemblyman Saari Sungib, who presented the cheques, said Selangor government allocated a new site to house the traders.
“It will be built by Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ), ” he said.
Also present at the cheque handover was EKVE project concessionaire Ahmad Zaki Resources Bhd senior manager (liaison public relations and stakeholders) Zaini Ghazali and MPAJ councillor Suzana Saharudin.
The traders have been operating at the entrance to Jalan Ukay Perdana for 26 years on reserve land with approval from the Public Works Department and the Gombak Land Office.
The shops were demolished in 2017 to make way for the ongoing EKVE project.