Licence fee waived for traders

TRADERS at the newly opened Pasar Moden Sri Muda (Sri Muda Modern Market) in Taman Sri Muda, Shah Alam will enjoy a temporary waiver of licence fees.

“Market traders are among those who get to enjoy a temporary waiver of licence fees, as part of the state government’s economic stimulus package to ease the people’s burden, ” said Selangor Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Amirudin Shari at the opening of the market in Section 25.

According to Shah Alam City Council (MBSA), the licence fee for one year is between RM150 and RM200, while monthly rental ranges from RM230 to RM550 depending on lot size.

Amirudin said the market was part of the state government’s commitment to embark on projects that would benefit the people.

He added that the market project had been championed by the late Shuhaimi Shafiei when he was Sri Muda assemblyman, although the area now fell under Kota Kemuning assemblyman V. Ganabatirau after a redelineation exercise in 2018.

Shah Alam mayor Datuk Haris Kasim said, “Pasar Moden Sri Muda was built at a cost of RM28mil, which included a RM25mil loan from the state government.

“Construction started on June 1,2017 and was completed on Dec 15,2020.

“There are 217 trading lots inside this six-storey building, with 60 halal and four non-halal units at the wet market, 56 units at the dry section, 79 food and beverage stalls as well as 18 kiosks.

“There are 32 cold room units for stock-keeping purposes.

“The building has three levels of parking space for visitors, of which 216 bays are for cars and 75 for motorcycles.

“There are also disabled-friendly facilities, a surau, CCTV system for safety purposes, and toilets, ” said the mayor.

He added that the market could accommodate 800 to 1,000 visitors at a time.

Haris said the market’s design prioritised natural lighting and ventilation to create a conducive and comfortable space for traders and market-goers, in addition to providing some savings in terms of electricity bills.

There are plans to offer free WiFi as well at the facility.

“I hope traders here will form their own committee or association to represent them and ensure their welfare, ” he added.

At present, the wet section was 80% occupied, while the dry section was at 70%, with all traders comprising those who had relocated from the old market.

There are still trading lots available for newcomers.

“I moved in about three weeks ago, ” said Sumathy S. Ponniah, 52, who occupies two lots with her husband selling vegetables.

“The market and toilets are generally clean and well-kept.

“Our space here is smaller compared to the old site. So I have to reduce my stock as I cannot fit in as many things.”

Sumathy, who has been trading for 30 years, said business was slow at the moment and hoped it would pick up soon.

Abdul Rahman Rashid, 49, said the market premises was comfortable and airy, although the trading space was rather cramped.

“Space is a bit tight but we will make do with what we have, ” said the chicken seller of 25 years.

“It is safe here as there are security guards stationed at the market, so I don’t have to worry about leaving things at my stall overnight.”

At the event, Haris also shared a list of projects completed by MBSA last year, including the Section 15 food court that cost RM6mil, Selangor-Japan Friendship Park at RM3.8mil as well as stalls and shops in Section U10 at RM4.8mil.

“Meanwhile, we have the following projects in our development pipeline: a bridge connecting Section 27 to Section 31 (costing about RM75mil), an alternative route from Persiaran Anggerik Malaxis to Persiaran Anggerik Mokara in Section 31 (about RM8mil), an alternative route from Jalan Sungai Burung 32/V to Persiaran Anggerik Eria in Section 31 (about RM7mil), a modern cemetery complex in Alam Impian (about RM28mil), Paya Jaras U19 Bazaar (about RM8mil) and three mini sports complexes (RM10mil each).“There are also plans for flood mitigation projects at the Persiaran Kayangan intersection in Section 9 (estimated at RM3mil) and another by building a pond at Jalan 6/1 to address the floods in Section 4 (estimated at RM3mil), ” said Haris, adding that there was also a proposal for a Taman Rakyat Shah Alam using a state allocation of RM40mil.

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