Feb 29 ultimatum for night market traders

  • Metro News
  • Thursday, 27 Feb 2020

ALL night market traders at Taman Persiaran Bangi must relocate to the newly built Laman Niaga Komuniti in Bangi, which is about 1km away by Feb 29.

Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) president Datuk Rosli Othman said it spent RM1mil to build a proper trading site which had 600 lots and 200 parking bays at Section 16, Bandar Baru Bangi, Selangor.

“The new site has more than enough room to accommodate the over 100 registered traders at the night market who operate at Taman Persiaran Bangi every Tuesday and Saturday.

“By relocating to Laman Niaga Komuniti, the stalls will not obstruct traffic or cause congestion which is happening at the current site where stalls take over residential roads.

“There was a lot of resistance from the traders when our enforcement officers tried to convince them to relocate to the new site on Feb 25, ” he said.

Rosli said that the traders were concerned of poor business at the new site.

“With any relocation, business may be slow for a few nights but it is bound to pick up once people are aware of the new site.

“We have received many complaints from the public about traffic congestion and cleanliness at the current site for years.

“All these problems will be addressed if the traders can cooperate and move to the new place which is more spacious and clean, ” he said, after the full board meeting at Menara MPKj, Kajang.

It is learned that the night market has more than 400 traders, although only about 100 were registered.

A source from MPKj claimed that the night market organiser was instigating traders not to move to Laman Niaga Komuniti as they would be paying rent to MPKj.

With regards to the state’s efforts in regulating the collection of 20sen for a plastic bag, Rosli said MPKj had issued over 1,000 notices to establishments but had only received feedback from eight of them.

“We are supposed to have started collecting the monies from January whereby 40% will be kept by the council for green initiatives and the rest paid to the state quarterly.

“Establishments can opt to pay us monthly or every three months.

“If response from the establishment continues to be poor, we have to look at other ways to collect the plastic bag charges.

“The establishments that have registered with us will be given a certificate to be displayed at the checkout counter, ” he said.

On dengue, Rosli said the situation was under control but hoped that the people would play an active role by taking part in gotong-royong activities.

“Response from most neighbourhoods was discouraging. Only about 15% of residents turn up.

“There were 1,851 cases as of Feb 22 and no deaths. There are 23 hotspots, seven in Kajang, nine is Sungai Ramal, one in Balakong, and six in Semenyih, ” he said.

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