KEPONG Baru morning market traders are urging the authorities to allow them to return to their old trading spot in Jalan Bangau 1 following a temporary relocation to a nearby site in Jalan Bubut, in October last year.
Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping said some traders complained that there were fewer customers at the temporary spot as most of the visitors were unwilling to venture further than the old site.
“When they were asked to temporarily relocate, they were promised that they could move back to the old site eventually.
“They expected to move back somewhere in January this year but this has been pushed back because of the movement control order, ” he said.
The site of the original market went through a two-month drainage upgrade from Oct 26 last year, which affected Jalan Bangau, Jalan Bangau 1, Lorong Bangau 2 and Jalan Camar.
The RM1.5mil upgrade project by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) was to alleviate the flood problem in the area caused by clogged drains.
During the upgrade, traders of the five-decade-old market were temporarily relocated to other spots within the same commercial area.
Yee said he had forwarded the traders’ request to DBKL and was told to get permission from the police.
The Sentul police, however, rejected the request, citing the ongoing MCO as the reason.
Yee said many traders were getting restless as the MCO kept getting extended.
“If this situation persists, they worry that the moving date would be pushed back indefinitely, ” he said.
Yee said the market traders committee hoped to present their plan on moving the stalls back to the old site to the authorities.
“The traders will be divided into several groups and move according to a staggered schedule starting from 1pm to 6pm.
“Each stall is to be manned by one or two persons only, with Rela personnel tasked to monitor the process, ” he said.
The market operates daily from 5am to 1pm and comprises some 370 traders.
Market coordinator Lou Sook Lang expressed hope that the authorities could consider the traders’ request.