Kajang council issues temporary permits to 18 traders

Nor Ezzaty (standing left), Salmah (standing second from left) and other traders after receiving their temporary permits. With them are Ng (third from right) and MPKj president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid (standing fourth from right).

TRADERS Nor Ezzaty Fayyadah and Salmah Othman are thrilled to be among the recipients of trading permits from Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) and can now conduct their business with confidence.

Both received permits to trade at Laman Niaga Komuniti Bandar Baru Bangi in Bangi, Selangor and opened their stalls starting yesterday.

“I am happy and relieved to have a space that is comfortable, safe and has high footfall, ” said Nor Ezzaty, 29, who sells nasi lemak.

“It is also a proper place for me to trade so I don’t have to worry about evading the authorities like I will have to if I trade illegally.”

Her husband is also a trader, selling clothes at a different site.

Nor Ezzaty, who relocated from Kelantan to Bangi in Selangor after getting married, said she sold nasi lemak to generate additional income for her family.

Salmah, 55, said the traders at Laman Niaga Komuniti Bandar Baru Bangi were multiracial, selling assorted goods.

“I sell kerepek and traditional Malay food.

“I make it a point to hire workers from among the underprivileged as I am a single mother myself.”

The two women were among 18 traders who received their trading permits from Selangor local government, public transport and new village development committee chairman Ng Sze Han.

The executive councillor presented the permits on behalf of MPKj at the council’s headquarters in Kajang.

“The programme is in line with the state government’s efforts to assist those affected by the Covid-19 pandemic, to earn an income as a trader.

“The temporary trading licences are issued based on locations and conditions set by the respective local councils, which also decide on the rates and application methods.

“This post-movement control order temporary trading licence is valid until Dec 31,2021.

“Its renewal process will be decided by the state government later on, ” he elaborated.

MPKj Licensing and Hawker Department director Zalinda Zainudin said the council had thus far issued 1,194 temporary trading permits.

Together with the existing 8,641 traders, it brings the total number to 9,835 under MPKj’s administration.

On the licence fee, she said: “There is a one-off payment of RM20 for hawker licence, but that has been waived as per the state government directive.

“The trader only needs to pay for their permit, which is set at RM100 per month for food sellers and RM150 per month for those who sell coconut drinks.”

Zalinda said MPKj had seven business sites to house traders —Semenyih, Bandar Baru Bangi, Kajang, Bandar Sungai Long, Bandar Mahkota Cheras, Bandar Sri Putra and Bandar Tun Hussein Onn.

“Priority will be to house new traders at the business sites.

“For areas without such spaces, such as Hulu Langat, MPKj will consider applications for roadside locations.

“Under MPKj, immediate approval is given for permits if the trading site is at a suitable location that does not cause any disturbance or inconvenience.

“For unsuitable locations, our department will need three working days to review the technical aspects before a permit is issued, ” she added. — By JADE CHAN

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