18 stall operators against relocation

The stalls along Jalan Yusof Shabuddin 18 are popular for their breakfast fare.  — Photos: KK SHAM/The Star

EIGHTEEN food stall operators at Jalan Yusof Shabuddin 28, off Jalan Raja Nong, Taman Sentosa in Klang are against being moved to a new site even though it is only 200m away.

They are asking Klang Municipal Council (MPK) to reconsider its decision, saying that their livelihoods would be affected.

Operating from 6am to 11am, the roadside stalls’ breakfast fare is popular among housewives who do their morning marketing at the row of commercial lots across the stalls.

Those rushing to work also park their vehicles there to get their favourite nasi lemak, chee cheong fun, deep-fried crullers, bean curd and other traditional kuih.

Nasi lemak seller Omar Jiman, 62, said the council’s Wet Market and Hawkers Department had ordered all traders, who have been operating there for over a decade, to vacate.

“Our stalls across the shops do not cause traffic congestion as the road is wide.

“Only 18 of us are trading along the 380m stretch where we have spaced ourselves accordingly in view of Covid-19,” he said.

Motorists who drive in from Jalan Raja Nong had ample space to park on both sides of the road, said Omar.

Ng Chee Leong, 32, who sells chee cheong fun and yong tau foo, said the stalls were makeshift structures which were packed up after 11am.“Our business does not affect traffic. I trade from a van and I drive away once I am done for the day.

“We all want to remain here as it is convenient for people in this neighbourhood,” he said.

Ng added that office workers found it easier to drive from Jalan Raja Nong to Jalan Yusof Shahbuddin 28 as it was a loop.

Nasi lemak seller Mailia Nordin, 37, said MPK’s decision to move the traders to a stretch 200m away where there was two-way traffic would worsen congestion in the area.

“MPK must rethink this move. It must not be done in a hurry. Our earnings are just enough to make ends meet. We have families and are struggling,” she said.

Mailia urged MPK’s Engineering Department to repair the potholes and paint the road lines for safer movement of traffic and pedestrians.

MPK Wet Market and Hawkers Department director Azhar Samsudin said the decision to relocate the stalls was made following complaints by several shops in the commercial area as well as motorists.

On the stall owners’ claim that MPK had not renewed their licence, Azhar said licences were only valid until December due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Our survey revealed that of the 20 stall owners, 18 accepted the licences while two were adamant about wanting a one-year licence.

“They should not worry. We will give an annual licence once the Covid-19 pandemic is under control,” he said.

Azhar added that Sentosa assemblyman G. Gunaraj had agreed to mediate with the stall owners and identify a new location.

He believed the matter would be resolved before the middle of the month.
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