AFTER two postponements from early this year, the new Selayang Daily Market in Batu Caves has finally opened its doors to the public.
The five-storey complex under Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), with about 750 trading lots, was built to replace the wet market that was temporarily located at an adjacent site.
DBKL Licensing and Business Control Department Batu officer Shamsul Bahari Ismail said a majority of traders from the old site had moved their wares to the new complex.
“About 60% to 70% have moved their belongings and started operating today, while the rest are still in the process.
“Some 20% of trading lots in the complex are still available.
“We have made offers to more traders to fill up the spots, ” he said.
Shamsul said the market would operate from 6am to 2pm daily, according to National Security Council’s directive.
“Some traders are allowed to operate from 3am but only to load supplies, ” he added.
Sentul district police chief Asst Comm Beh Eng Lai, who visited the market on its first day of operation, said the police would check the market daily to ensure the Covid-19 standard operating procedure was followed.
“Police will be despatched to all public markets every day as these venues tend to draw huge crowds, especially in the morning.
“This is important as there is a high possibility of Covid-19 clusters forming at these places, ” he said.
The new market was supposed to open on Jan 1 this year, but it was postponed to March 31 and then again to June 1 following a request by traders.
StarMetro reported on April 16 that traders were unhappy with the high monthly rental as they paid only RM80 at the previous site.
At the complex, the stall rent is RM280 for chicken and fish sellers, RM230 for fruit and vegetable sellers and RM320 for food court operators located on the third floor.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa, in a statement posted on social media, said traders had been given a six-month exemption on rental fees.
Federal Territories Bumiputera Traders Selayang branch chief Mohd Hafiz Mohd Sidik thanked the minister and Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.
“The exemption is welcomed as it will help lighten the financial burden of traders who are earning less now due to reduced footfall.
“We hope more traders from the old site will move in soon as the facilities at the new market are better and more convenient, ” he said.
Hafiz said the association hoped DBKL would consider allowing the traders to resume their usual operating hours from 2am after the end of the movement control order.