Council: Roadside trading not conducive

Noor Azleen (right) and Asman Shah visiting a fruit stall operating along Jalan Persiaran Scientex.

THE Pasir Gudang City Council (MBPG) has identified three possible locations to relocate roadside hawkers and traders operating at Jalan Persiaran Scientex.

City councillor Noor Azleen Ambros said the new locations at Jalan Kenari and Jalan Merak were being studied to ensure traders would continue to get a good income after the relocation.

“Their current location is a busy main road, especially during peak hours.

“However, there is the issue of amenities and waste collection. We do not want these traders to throw their rubbish into the roadside drain, ” he said when contacted.

Noor Azleen added that the city council was aware of the Taman Scientex Traders and Hawkers Association’s plea to continue operating by the roadside.

“This will lead to other traders doing business by the roadside, and before you know it, there will be hawkers and traders springing up everywhere, thinking it’s okay.”

Noor Azleen said the city council initially agreed to give an operating licence to 75 traders and hawkers in the area.

“We plan to provide them with a comfortable place that has access to clean water and electricity supply, and a refuse room to make waste collection easier.

“These are the long-term solutions and we hope everyone can see eye to eye on this, ” he said.

Association chairman Mohd Redzuan Ari hoped the discussion with MBPG would be fruitful.

“Mayor Asman Shah Abdul Rahman told me that the city council wants to ensure we continue to run our business as usual.

“Discussions are still going on and I hope we can agree on a permanent solution, ” he said.

StarMetro on Jan 4 reported on the association’s request for a new location and temporary licence to operate at Jalan Persiaran Scientex.

Mohd Redzuan said the previous site at Jalan Pelanduk that was offered to them was isolated and not conducive.

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