Ease of payment afforded to Subang Jaya traders

Morning and night market traders are only allowed to work on alternate days or weeks, depending on the operations frequency of the markets in Subang Jaya. — FIlepic

MORNING and night market traders in Subang Jaya have been given some leeway with regard to the renewal of licence fees for next year.

“Morning and night market traders cannot fully operate as usual during the Covid-19 pandemic. Those who used to occupy two to four lots can only operate from one lot now, ” said Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ) president Noraini Roslan at yesterday’s full board meeting.

“These traders are only allowed to work on alternate days or weeks, depending on the operations frequency of the markets.

“All these limitations on trading space are due to physical distancing measures.”

Because of these adjustments, Noraini said morning and night market traders only needed to pay for one lot when renewing their licences for next year and that the payment had been split into two six-month sessions.

“Those who used to occupy several lots only need to pay for one lot for the first half of 2021, ” said the Subang Jaya mayor, assuring traders that they would get back their allotted lots when the situation returned to normal.

“If after June 2021 they are allowed to operate as normal, the traders will have to pay based on the original number of lots they were allotted.

“Payment has been staggered — the first and second half of next year.”

Noraini said the payment rate remained the same at RM104 per year for one lot.

“Compared to some local councils that charge more than RM300 per year for one lot, MBSJ’s rate is one of the lowest, ” she said.

“We were hoping to increase the rate next year, but decided against it in light of the pandemic since most traders’ income have been affected.

“RM104 only covers the cost of rubbish collection. It doesn’t include other expenses such as road maintenance and enforcement.”

Noraini hoped traders appreciated the city council’s gesture by ensuring the cleanliness of their trading space, including proper waste disposal and not damaging the roads by spilling hot oil.

MBSJ Licensing Department director Muhamad Azli Miswan said the city council started the renewal application for morning and night traders a week ago and the process was expected to end in the first week of December.

“The renewal of licence for this group of traders can only be done at the MBSJ Puchong Indah Hall in Puchong, ” he said, adding that most traders had agreed to the adjustments proposed by MBSJ.

“All traders have been given an appointment so they can only come on their appointed day, as we are processing applications for a limited number of trading locations per day.”

MBSJ councillor Thomas Low had raised concerns on whether a trader could come on another day if he was unable to meet his appointed slot.

“Some flexibility can be given if one person is unable to make it on a particular date, ” said Noraini.

“However, we urge traders to cooperate. The schedule has been set so we have a more controlled environment and all traders have a chance to renew their licence without overcrowding the hall.”

She added that appointments had been given to traders two weeks prior.

Azli added that the licence renewal for morning and night traders could only be done in person at the hall, which is open from 8.30am to 5pm daily, as MBSJ was also using this opportunity to update its database of traders.

“It’s easier for us to collect and update the traders’ data in person, ” he said, adding that the data could be shared with other government agencies when required.

“We also need to update their data as some phone numbers or addresses could be outdated or missing.”

Meanwhile, Azli said most business operators (except those categorised as high risk or require temporary permits) could renew or submit new applications for business trade licences and advertising permits online.

Business operators who require extra guidance can also walk in to MBSJ’s office to get the information they need.

On dengue, Noraini said 6,035 positive cases had been recorded as of Nov 21 in areas under MBSJ’s jurisdiction.

“There are five hotspots as of Week 47, namely in USJ 3/2, Indera Subang Condominium USJ 6/2, USJ 6/5 to USJ 6/7, Bandar Kinrara 2 and Taman Serdang Jaya 2, ” she said.

Meanwhile, it was announced at the full board meeting that MSBJ’s most recently appointed councillors had been assigned their respective zones.

Mohd Tarmizi Lazim has been assigned to Zone 7, which includes Taman Putra Heights and Kampung Bukit Lanchong.

Muhammad Khairil Khalid has been given Zone 8, which includes Kampung Kenangan, Kampung Batu 13 1/2, Kampung Tengah A and B and Kampung Kuala Sungai Baru.

The appointment of the two councillors from DAP marks the full quota of 24 councillors for MBSJ.

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