Decision soon on Bangsar stalls

Some of the stalls at Lucky Garden that were asked to close and clean up their premises resumed business yesterday.

KUALA Lumpur mayor will decide next week if Lucky Garden Hawker Centre traders can continue doing business at Lorong Ara Kiri 3, Bangsar.

Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan said Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would call all stakeholders to give their input on long-standing problems relating to the stalls at a meeting next week.

He said representatives from residents associations, businesses and traders from the hawker centre would be given the opportunity to air their concerns to DBKL officers from the petty traders and licensing as well as the health and environment departments.

“At the end of the day, if they are unable to come up with a solution or at least a compromise, I will decide on the matter.

“It may not be the best decision for some people, but I promise you that it will be the best decision for everyone,” said Nor Hisham.

It is learnt that the absence of toilet facilities at the hawker centre will also be discussed at the meeting.

On Monday, five stalls at the hawker centre and one restaurant in the area were ordered to close for two weeks until Feb 24.

They were directed to carry out out a clean-up by the Federal Territory Health Department (JKWP) for violating regulations under the Food Act 1983.

Department director Dr Param Jeeth Singh ordered the closure in light of the coronavirus outbreak.

However, several stalls, including one popular for its fish head curry, resumed business yesterday after cleaning up their premises on Wednesday.

The JKWP allowed them to operate as they had complied with the hygiene and sanitary conditions.

For years, Lucky Garden residents have complained about poor hygiene conditions at the hawker centre.

Their grouses include stall workers and patrons openly urinating into drains as there are no toilet facilities for them at the hawker centre.

The hawkers are also accused of disposing of rubbish indiscriminately, with bins located close to cooking areas.

Nor Hisham said he was aware that the relocation of the hawker centre at its current site in Lorong Ara Kiri 3 was supposed to be for six months, and it had now been 20 years.

He added that there was no political interference in solving the problem, but rather a “lack of manpower and willpower.”

“Feedback from my enforcement team is that it is a challenge to control traffic in the area and to penalise motorists who double- and triple-park there.

“My personal opinion is that people who are given the opportunity by DBKL to do business and earn a decent living, should do the right thing by moving into proper premises once they become very popular,” he said.

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