KUALA LUMPUR City Hall (DBKL) is working on a blueprint to upgrade facilities at Pasar Borong Kuala Lumpur in Selayang.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said DBKL is reviewing the models of wholesale markets in Japan and South Korea, with the hope of finalising an action plan by the end of the year.
“We are looking into building a bigger cold storage for the fresh produce as the existing facility is inadequate to accommodate the present need.
“The action plan will incorporate aspects of green technology that will include sullage treatment, increased automation to reduce human labour and bigger floor space for traders, ” he said, adding that the cost was estimated at RM200mil to RM300mil for a whole new wholesale market.
Annuar said DBKL was in the process of acquiring the two-storey building next to the wholesale market to be used as a hostel for workers.
“The hostel is meant to house those who work odd hours so that they can easily get to work, especially those who stay far from the market, ” he said after a site visit to the wholesale market accompanied by mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan.
The visit was to get feedback from traders following reports that many locals were initially reluctant to take up employment at the market as it was considered “dirty and dangerous” work.
“However, I was told by traders during the visit today that they prefer local workers.
“Some traders also said there have not been any theft cases since they began hiring locals, instead of foreigners, ” said Annuar.
The government had disallowed the market from hiring foreign workers after several tested positive for Covid-19, causing the area to be placed under enhanced movement control order from April 28 to May 12.
Annuar also gave traders an assurance that the rental fee at the market would not be increased for the next three years and also stressed that cleanliness must be given utmost priority.
“DBKL must monitor the area daily to ensure cleanliness at all times as rubbish can easily accumulate, and it must be collected regularly.
“Alam Flora also has a role to play by providing enough bins and ensuring that collection is carried out according to schedule, ” he said.
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