SELAYANG, particularly the area around the market, is up for change this year and one of the projects will continue into next year.
Federal Hawkers and Petty Traders Association of Malaysia president Datuk Seri Rosli Sulaiman said there were three main projects for Selayang under the 11th Malaysia Plan’s Rolling Plan 4.
“The rebuilding of the Selayang daily market is ongoing and is expected to finish by April.
“This project will enable roadside petty traders to have their own stalls in the market.
“The new building can accommodate more than 700 petty traders from Selayang, ” he said.
Rosli said the second project planned was a halal-certified chicken abattoir to centralise the slaughtering and dressing of chicken.
“More than 200,000 chickens are slaughtered at Selayang market every day; one lorry of six-tonne capacity brings three thousand chickens to the market.”
He noted that the current slaughtering sections in Selayang daily market were unhygienic and that chicken blood and entrails were thrown into the drain.
“The new abattoir to be built on federal land will be equipped with machines using up-to-date technology, which prioritises cleanliness and will provide halal certification.”
He revealed that the new centre, expected to be completed by middle of 2021, would double as a wholesale market to distribute chickens to other wet markets in the surrounding areas.
He added that a Chinese temple had earlier been relocated out of the project site.
Rosli disclosed that the Federal Government intended to widen the road from Jalan Kuching heading to Jalan Selayang Baru to prevent traffic congestion once the new market and chicken abattoir projects are completed.
“The plan is to upgrade the existing two-lane road to four lanes because more vehicles are expected to use the road every day when the new market and abattoir open for business.
“If the road widening project is not finished before the completion of the other two projects, the petty traders and the public will face difficulties.”
However there is a snag in the road project as, according to Rosli, the delay is caused by an encroachment onto the reserve land meant for the road expansion.
“Based on a map that we have, a supermarket at the border of Kuala Lumpur and Selangor is built on reserve land belonging to both state governments.
“The supermarket is sitting on about 25m of the land on the Kuala Lumpur side, so the road widening project cannot proceed at the moment.
“We were expecting to complete the road project by middle of next year, around the same time as the abattoir, but the Selangor government has not taken any action yet despite our petition to demolish the structure, ” he said.
He added that the land encroachment was more than 10 years old, based on the map the association obtained from the national Survey and Mapping Department.
“Recently we heard that the Selangor government had come up with a proposal to straighten the boundary between the two states in order to put all of the land, which the supermarket is sitting on, onto Selangor’s side.
“We have filed three complaints with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission against the encroachment on reserve land. We want this issue resolved, ” said Rosli.
Selayang Daily Market Malay Traders Association of Kuala Lumpur president Rashid Ashfur said the Selangor government should cooperate with Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) or any party tasked with the road widening project near Selayang daily market to ensure the project’s success.
“Even with four lanes, it may not be sufficient as we anticipate a huge number of vehicles using the road, ” he added.
Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad and Batu MP P. Prabakaran together with officers from the ministry and DBKL visited the ongoing development projects around the Selayang daily market last month.
The visit was to ascertain that the developers and contractors would finish the projects according to the time frame given and that the problems of the local community were dealt with as soon as possible.
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