CHINESE New Year (CNY) falls on Feb 12 this year. Besides malls and weekend fairs, entrepreneurs also have the option of setting up stalls at places designated by local councils.
StarMetro speaks to several local authorities in Selangor to find out the options available for traders and those who wish to earn extra income ahead of the festival.
Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ)
MBPJ was the first local council in Selangor to announce its plans for CNY bazaars.
The city council is offering four trading locations next year, namely at Dataran Boulevard in Section 52, Pasar Jalan Othman, Pasar Kampung Chempaka and Pasar Taman Megah.
New to the list of CNY bazaars is Dataran Boulevard, an open space located between Lotus Five Star Cinema and the former Pappa Rich cafe in the area also known as PJ New Town.
On the popular SS2 market that was missing from the list of locations, MBPJ Licensing Department director Sharinaz Samsudin said the market was licensed as a morning market and the hawkers’ licence were valid for one year.
“If they wish to sell festive-related items, the existing hawkers can apply for a change in items to be sold at least a month before CNY.”
Applications for CNY trading lots under MBPJ ended on Dec 3 last year.
Sharinaz said the department’s next steps included screening and selecting the applications, informing applicants on the status of their applications through email and MBPJ’s e-licence accounts, calling for permit payment, balloting session for trading lots and handing over the permits.
“MBPJ will adhere to the instructions by the National Security Council (MKN) and state government and inform traders if there are changes.
“Traders and visitors are reminded to adhere to the standard operating procedures (SOP) at all times, such as wearing face masks, contact tracing measures and providing hand sanitisers. Only takeaways and deliveries are allowed for food-related items.”
The CNY bazaars will be held from Jan 13 to Feb 11 at all four locations and open daily. The CNY bazaar at Dataran Boulevard will be closed on Fridays to make way for the PJKita Bazaar.
Traders are allowed to sell items such as clothes, prayer paraphernalia, cookies, snacks, plants, decorations, kitchen appliances, toys and packed food. Dried meat is not allowed to be sold at Dataran Boulevard.
Klang Municipal Council (MPK)
MPK will decide whether to have CNY bazaars and issue temporary trading permits at a committee meeting later.
“The details will be confirmed once a decision is made at the meeting.
“Should we proceed, hawkers and customers are expected to comply with the SOP set by MKN for morning and night markets, ” said MPK Hawker and Market Management Department head Azhar Samsudin.
Last year, Klang CNY bazaars were located at Jalan Sungai Puloh 13 in Taman Sungai Puloh, Jalan Susur, off Jalan Besar in Pandamaran and Lorong Pelasari in Taman Chi Liung.
There were also stalls selling mandarin oranges in Bukit Raja and near Stadium Hoki MPK.
“If we proceed with CNY bazaars, we will also allow applications for temporary trading permits but these are subject to conditions such as suitability of location, ” said Azhar, adding that MPK received about 90 applications for CNY trading permits each year.
“The hawkers will be allowed to sell festive-related items, but those who want to sell fireworks will need to get a police permit first.”
Similar to Ramadan bazaars last year, he said MPK would refund any payment made should the government announce that CNY bazaars were to be cancelled.
Selayang Municipal Council (MPS)
While MPS does not have dedicated sites for CNY bazaars within its municipality, the council has been issuing temporary trading permits annually for hawkers to sell their goods.
“Over the years, we have a list of regular hawkers who will submit their applications before the festive season starts, ” said MPS Corporate Communications director Mohamad Zin Masoad.
He said applications for temporary CNY trading permits were now open.
“The permit fees will depend on how long the stall will operate. For example, a two-month permit costs more than a one-month permit, ” he said, adding that the last day the stalls were allowed to open was on CNY eve.
MPS’ conditional approval for temporary permits is that the hawkers cannot set up stalls that will obstruct traffic and be a public nuisance.
The stalls are usually located in commercial areas or near residential areas such as Rawang Mutiara, Taman Jati, Taman Indah Perdana and Desa Aman Puri.
Popular items sold are mandarin oranges, prayer materials and dried meat.
Based on MPS’ records, 29 CNY temporary permits were issued last year, with 24 in 2019 and 20 in 2018.
Subang Jaya City Council (MBSJ)
MBSJ issues temporary trading permits for CNY as there are no dedicated sites for CNY bazaars under the city council.
“Permit applications are usually to sell mandarin oranges, although traders can also apply to sell other festive-related items such as decorations and prayer items, ” said MBSJ Corporate and Strategic Management Department deputy director Azfarizal Abdul Rashid.
“CNY trading permits will be issued based on suitability of location, size of tent used and other trading conditions.
“In addition to paying for a tent and rental permit, the applicant also has to pay a fee for the parking bay used for the temporary trading spot, ” he added.
MBSJ Licensing Department issued close to 200 temporary trading permits for CNY last year for locations in Subang Jaya, Puchong, Kinrara, Seri Kembangan and Putra Heights.
Azfarizal added that temporary trading permits would also be approved for any shopping complex management for the sale of CNY-related items.
“The products typically sold at shopping complexes are fruits, decorative items and ready-packed dried meat.
“Traders are only allowed to sell fireworks if they have the permit from the police and Home Affairs Ministry.
“MBSJ will refund any payment made should the government announce that temporary trading permits are not allowed for CNY, ” he said.
Shah Alam City Council (MBSA)
MBSA also issues temporary trading permits for seasonal hawkers to sell festive wares as the city council does not hold CNY bazaars.
Its Corporate Communications head Shahrin Ahmad said the city council usually received applications to sell mandarin oranges.
“The locations are in the following areas in Shah Alam — Kota Kemuning and Bukit Rimau (southern), Section 25 (central) and Kampung Sungai Buloh and Bukit Rahman Putra (northern), ” he added.
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