Call for more suitable trading sites

Iskandar Puteri councilor Fakhrul Zafran hopes the city council could provide more strategic locations for traders to open up their stalls.

ISKANDAR PUTERI: Iskandar Puteri councillor Fakhrul Zafran Absl Kamarul Azman said the city council should look into providing more strategic locations for traders to set up stalls.

He said while Iskandar Puteri City Council (MBIP) and housing developers have provided trading sites for small and petty traders, most were not suitable.

“Also, some developers do not provide such sites for the traders,” he said during MBIP’s full council meeting here, adding that this led to traders setting up stalls at random places, without taking safety aspects into consideration.

“The city council could look into buying land and shops in strategic areas from developers and rent them out to traders to overcome this problem,” Fakhrul Zafran said.

On another matter, he hoped MBIP could provide financial assistance to traders in the Iskandar Puteri area, especially those affected by the movement control order brought on by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Since MBIP has high reserves, it could contribute RM1,000 to each licensed trader under the city council to see them through this difficult times.

“Channel contributions through the city council’s charity arm, Yayasan Penyayang Iskandar Puteri,” he said.

During the meeting, councillor Datuk Radin Seri Kartini Abdullah said more effort was needed to ensure the cleanliness of the city.

“Consistent and committed efforts are necessary to keep Iskandar Puteri clean.

“The Taman Ungku Tun Aminah Zone in Iskandar Puteri has one of the highest populations, with close to 10,000 people.

“I hope public facilities here can be upgraded,” she said.

Another councillor, Mohd Hatta Kasrah, urged the council to conduct more campaigns to create awareness among the public on the importance of keeping their premises and surroundings clean to curb the dengue menace.

“Because of Covid-19, many have forgotten about this.

“We must keep reminding the public of the dengue threat and take measures to fight it,” said Mohd Hatta.

Earlier, MBIP mayor Salehuddin Hassan said 975 dengue fever cases, including five deaths, were reported in the area in the first six months of this year.

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