New option for KL night market traders

Yee (left) and Teh at the site of the Friday night bazaar, which is near United Point Residence in Kepong.

KUALA Lumpur night market traders are invited to participate in the Kepong food and lifestyle bazaar.

The open-air bazaar at United Point Residence will be held every Friday from July.

Kepong Hawkers and Petty Traders Association vice-chairman Deric Teh said the bazaar had been approved by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“Locals who have a valid licence from DBKL to trade at night markets, can set up stall at the bazaar.

“We have received many enquiries but most of them do not have valid licence.

“We have also turned down some applications from foreigners, ” he said.

The bazaar was initiated by the association to help night market traders from more than 15 locations in the Batu, Kepong and Segambut parliamentary constituencies whose income was affected during the movement control order (MCO) period.

“A lot of night markets in many locations were not approved because most of them placed their stalls in front of shoplots.

“It is difficult for them to follow the standard operating procedures set by DBKL which limits the entrances and exits to night markets, ” said Teh.

He said that about 10 traders had signed up for the bazaar but he was hoping to get at least 70.

“We are fortunate that the management has sponsored the venue as part of its corporate social responsibility efforts to help night market traders.

“However, we need to charge RM30 per day for sanitisation and temperature screening equipment and to pay Rela personnel who will be managing aspects such as crowd safety and traffic at the bazaar, ” he explained.

Kepong Community Centre head Yee Poh Ping said the bazaar would limit the sale of some food and fashion items.

“Traders can only sell selected goods as there is a supermarket and other retail outlets at the location.

“We hope more night market traders will take up this business opportunity and apply for a stall, ” he said.

The bazaar’s opening hours will be from 4pm to 9.30pm.

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