HAWKER and petty traders associations in Jalan Alor and Petaling Street, Kuala Lumpur, are urged to come out with proposals to upgrade both tourist attractions.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said he wanted full participation from the associations, including coming up with the standard operating procedures (SOP) to manage crowds during the recovery movement control order (MCO).
“I think the traders will follow the SOP they designed, provided it complies with the Health Ministry’s SOP.
“Likewise, we hope the associations can come up with their own ideas while we facilitate any upgrading of the streets and places of interest.
“We have received some proposals from Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Traders and Hawkers Association to have a handicraft street to sell local products. We will look into that.
“We want to create as many opportunities as possible for locals affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, especially those who want to venture into new businesses, ” he said during a press conference after a walkabout at both Jalan Alor and Petaling Street.
Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association chairman Datuk Ang Say Tee said he was glad the Federal Territories Minister got a firsthand look at the current situation of both places and what needs to be improved.
“We are also happy that Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) is allowing Petaling Street to reopen on July 13.
“I expect about 300 traders to resume business even though there are 773 here, but they have to take turns to reopen their stalls on alternate days, ” he said.
Meanwhile at Jalan Alor, Kuala Lumpur Jalan Alor Traders and Hawkers Association launched a “Jom BB”, a Bukit Bintang Tourism Industry Recovery programme to help businesses that were struggling.
Some of the initiatives include discounts and vouchers for hotel stays by participating hotels and a shopping “passport” for tourists to enjoy more rebates while shopping in the area.
The association also partnered with Eatzeely, a food delivery app, to showcase participating stalls in Jalan Alor.
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