KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has issued 80 restricted hours temporary permits to petty traders along Jalan 1/23e, Taman Setapak Indah, Kuala Lumpur in a move to help those who have lost their jobs during the Covid-19 pandemic.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, who handed the temporary permits to the traders, said the government would help families from the lower-income bracket increase their income, especially during the recovery movement control order (MCO) period.
“City Hall has simplified the permit application process to make it easier for the traders.
“I urge traders to adhere to the standard operating procedures from DBKL and Health Ministry, ” he said.
DBKL received 97 applications from traders at Taman Setapak Indah and 80 applications were approved.
They were given temporary permits to operate during the recovery MCO.The permits are valid for three to six months and restrict traders to only one location at a given operating time.
Annuar said that issuing temporary permits prevented traders from subletting their stalls and charging hefty fees.
“I was told that there are some who would sublet the stalls to other traders and charge RM400 to RM500 per month.
“DBKL charges only RM20 and RM62 per month for static traders and mobile traders respectively, ” he said.
Also present during the handover of permits were Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Dahlan, Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Dr Edmund Santhara and Federal Territories Ministry deputy secretary-general (management and socioeconomic) Datuk Rosida Jaafar.
Annuar said the stall tents would be standardised so that they would not be an eyesore to the public.
“DBKL has briefed the traders about the details of the temporary permit.
“Traders can also discuss with us about their temporary permits and we can work towards a solution so that everyone have a chance to do business, ” he said.
He added that he had received a lot of enquiries from traders around Kuala Lumpur.
On complaints from some of the residents staying near the stalls, Annuar said it was not an issue as some of the traders were living in the roads adjacent to the stalls.
“It is a question of how we manage it.
“We do not want to create a situation that causes congestion and safety hazard to the public, ” he assured.
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