TRADERS at the Selayang daily market can heave a sigh of relief as Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has agreed to defer their relocation date to June 1.They were earlier asked to move out on March 31 to a five-storey complex built by DBKL adjacent to the present site.
The recently completed building is equipped with toilets, food court on the third floor, and loading and parking bays on the ground floor.
Several traders interviewed by StarMetro said they were not keen on relocating before Hari Raya as it could affect their sales.
Federal Territories Bumiputera Traders Selayang branch chief Mohd Hafiz Mohd Sidik said the new date was given during a visit by Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa to the market earlier this month.
However, Mohd Hafiz said traders were still waiting for an update on their requests for a moratorium on monthly rental for traders and food court operators.
“At the present site, traders only need to pay RM80 a month. But at the new site, traders are charged RM250.
“Food court operators need to pay RM350 on top of deposits for gas and other facilities, which amount to over RM4,700, ” he said.
He hoped DBKL would consider a moratorium to help the traders amid the economic downturn.
He added that a request on the matter had been sent to DBKL.
Mohd Hafiz also proposed that the current site be turned into a parking lot to accommodate more visitors to the new market.
“This market receives about 2,000 visitors on weekdays and it doubles during festive seasons.
“Currently, the complex has only about 500 parking bays.
“This is not enough if we take into account some 750 traders who will also use them, ” he pointed out.
He stressed that traders hoped to be allowed to continue their current hours from 2am to noon after relocation.
The traders, he said, were concerned that DBKL would insist on them starting only at 6am as was the case at other daily markets in the capital city.
“This market serves many grocery shops, eateries and school canteen operators, who usually come early in the morning to buy fresh produce, ” he said.
DBKL Corporate Planning director Khairul Azmir Ahmad said any moratorium requests could be considered after a discussion between the mayor and minister.
“If we grant a moratorium, traders in other markets will question it and ask for the same, ” he said.
On the business hours, Khairul Azmir said DBKL had to abide by the National Security Council’s rule, which was 6am as the start for daily markets.