Danau Kota stall operators hope new FT Minister will let them return to old trading site

Ridzuan (seated front in pink shirt) with some the traders who were left out of DBKL’s relocation move.

FORMER traders at the Danau Kota Uptown night bazaar in Kuala Lumpur want the new Federal Territories Minister to step in to resolve their problems, after some of them were not given a new lot following a relocation of the bazaar last year.

The traders association Pertubuhan Ikatan Usahawan Kecil dan Sederhana Malaysia’s (Ikhlas) president Mohd Ridzuan Abdullah said they would seek a meeting with Tan Sri Annuar Musa next week to discuss the matter.

He said of some 800 traders at the original site, about 320 were left out of the relocation and were awaiting further action from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“These traders have not been able to do business for the past three months and they are now struggling to make ends meet.

“The fasting month and Hari Raya will soon be upon us and these people are struggling to support their family, ” he said, adding that some 1,500 family members would be affected.

Ridzuan said Ikhlas would appeal to the newly-appointed minister to allow the remaining traders to resume business at the old site.

Late last year, the traders were moved to a new location called Bazaria Wangsa Maju in Jalan 1/2E, Taman Setapak Indah, some 50m from the previous site.

Former Federal Territories minister Khalid Abdul Samad said the relocation was to solve several issues faced by traders at the old site.

“Prior to the relocation, the traders had to pay monthly rental to a third party which charged exorbitant fees amounting to RM1,000.

“After relocation, all rental and licence fee payments are made directly to DBKL, ” he had said, adding that some traders were found to have been renting out their lot to others including foreigners, instead of operating the stalls themselves.

Ridzuan urged the authorities to investigate the allegations.

“Action should be taken against the offenders if these allegations are found to be true, ” he said at a gathering held near the old site that was attended by some 50 traders.

Khalid had also said the traders at the new site were the original traders from the old site, based on a census conducted by DBKL.

However, Ridzuan claimed that the authority had relied on a third-party census that was conducted by Invoke Solution Sdn Bhd.

A DBKL spokesman when contacted said the census by Invoke was meant to be independent to complement DBKL’s and both censuses were used for the relocation.

Trader Abdul Halmy Jaafar, 47 who sold bags at the old site, said he now had to set up stall elsewhere such as in Gombak and Selayang to supplement his income.

Another trader Ahmad Daharul Fitri, 47, who sold clothing, said the relocation failed to address problems at the old site.

“There are traders who rent out their lots to others at the new site too, ” he claimed.

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