Temporary traders to be given priority for permanent licences

Annuar says temporary traders will be given priority if they wish to continue doing business beyond the six-month period. — Filepic

TEMPORARY hawkers who took up the “free trade area” offer will be given priority if they wish to continue beyond the six-month period granted.

Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa said those who would like to continue trading can apply for a permanent licence through Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

“They will be given priority and coincidentally, Ramadan will fall in April which is when the six-month licence will end.

“If we show discipline and manage the Covid-19 situation in the country, we may be able to have Ramadan bazaars that we missed this year, ” he said.

Hari Raya Aidilfitri is expected to fall on May 13 and 14 next year.

From Nov 15 to April 15, traders are allowed to set up stalls or operate small businesses around the city, including at locations that were previously off limits.

The government’s decision was intended to help the B40 group earn an income so that they can take care of their families and pay their bills.

Traders are required to apply for the free six-month licence via DBKL’s website.

When asked if the licences would remain free, Annuar said it was possible depending on the country’s economic situation.

“We will see how it goes. If the government has enough money, we can exempt them from having to pay the licence fee.

“If the economy is growing and our country is free from Covid-19, I do not see why we cannot offer traders licences for free, ” he said.

When asked about hygiene and other concerns from those staying near such sites, Annuar said the traders should not be blamed.

“Those patronising the stalls should behave responsibly. Don’t blame the traders.

“Of course, the traders should not obstruct traffic, block house entrances or play loud music while doing business.

“However, we welcome feedback and would try to resolve any concerns raised where possible, ” he said.

In a statement, DBKL said the types of trade allowed included food and beverages, dry items, fruits and poultry.

“Cooking is allowed for certain food such as banana fritters, keropok lekor and burgers, but it is limited to one stove.

“Tables and chairs for customers are not allowed and sales are only via takeaway.

“Traders must also remove their equipment from the trading site after business.

“They must ensure the site is cleaned and rubbish discarded at proper locations, ” it said, adding that each stall must not exceed 8sq ft.

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