Market traders defy council’s orders


Lim (far left) explaining the terms and conditions of the letter of undertaking to the traders at the Sungai Long morning market yesterday. — AZHAR MAHFOF/The Star

A TOTAL of 25 Bandar Sungai Long morning market traders operated without the approval of the local council yesterday, as an act of defiance against a plan to move them to a new site.

Those operating along Persiaran SL 1 were unhappy that they had to sign a letter of undertaking with Kajang Municipal Council (MPKj) to relocate to the Laman Niaga Komuniti Bandar Sungai Long in Jalan SL 2/3 come March 2, after the validity of their special temporary permits expired yesterday.

To show their displeasure, the traders refused to sign MPKj’s letter, said Bandar Sungai Long Petty Traders Association (BSLPTA) chairman Fanny Lim.

Bandar Sungai Long Petty Traders Association (BSLPTA) assistant secretary Terry Gibsan Sebastian said traders were unhappy as main discussions about the move did not involve the main committee membersBandar Sungai Long Petty Traders Association (BSLPTA) assistant secretary Terry Gibsan Sebastian said traders were unhappy as main discussions about the move did not involve the main committee membersThis prompted a visit from MPKj Licensing and Hawker Department director Zalinda Zainuddin, who gave the traders an ultimatum to sign the letter if they wanted to continue operating.

Among the clauses that the traders have to agree to in the letter of undertaking from the council are adherence to SOP as issued by the National Security Council, state government and the local council, and willingness to accept decisions made by the licensing authorities on business operations and premises or else face immediate revocation of their licence.

Traders must also agree to take full responsibility for any untoward incident that may befall themselves or their customers during and after operation hours and to absolve the council from bearing the cost of claims made by any affected party.

With only 25 traders present out of the total 98 yesterday, Zalinda said she would accept the situation for the time being if the traders signed the letter of undertaking. On top of that, a meeting between BSLPTA and council president Datuk Zulkefli Khalid is slated for next Wednesday to discuss an amicable solution.

BSLPTA assistant secretary Terry Gibsan Sebastian said traders were unhappy as discussions about the move did not involve the association’s committee.

“Instead, they only spoke to a few traders who set up their stalls at the new market site.

“We were told lots were offered to outsiders when these were supposed to be reserved for existing traders along Persiaran SL 1, ” he said.

“We want a new redrawing of lots. Now, there are about 30 traders operating in Jalan SL 2/3, ” he added.

MPKj councillor Khoo Kim Han said the new site in Jalan SL 2/3 was more conducive as the morning market in Persiaran SL 1 was an obstruction on the road, caused traffic congestion and interfered with drain cleaning and road maintenance.

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