Street traders programme at Lorong TAR not a bazaar, says DBKL

KUALA LUMPUR: A promotional poster calling for applicants for a street traders programme at Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Lorong TAR) will not be a bazaar-like concept, says the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

Amidst concerns, DBKL clarified that the poster was to announce a new daily retail space and would not operate during the movement control order.

“The retail space is expected to open in July, pending government restrictions at the time.

“Successful applicants will still have to operate within stipulated operating hours. It is not the same concept as Ramadan or Hari Raya bazaars, ” DBKL said in a statement.

It added that the programme was part of the Kuala Lumpur City Youth Entrepreneur, under the Federal Territories Ministry’s Wilayah Cakna 5.0 Initiative. “About 679 kiosk lots have been identified around Kuala Lumpur, with 50 spots proposed in Lorong TAR.

“Each application will be thoroughly vetted and shortlisted candidates will have to go through an interview process, ” DBKL added.

On Thursday (June 10), Masjid India Business Owners Association (Miba) and Batu Road Retailers Association voiced their opposition towards any move by the government to introduce a street traders programme at Lorong TAR.

Miba president Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin cited various reasons for their objection, including sub-standard hygiene (practised by the traders), as well as the fact that it would be unfair to the shop operators in the area, who pay one of the highest rental rates.

The issue came about when a flyer prepared by the ministry for the Wilayah Cakna programme went viral.

The flyer does not state any details pertaining to the kinds of businesses, merely saying priority will be given to youths aged 18 and above, who are residing in Kuala Lumpur.

It added that canopies will be provided while goods sold must be dry items and that no cooking is allowed.

Interested candidates should apply by June 15 through a website listed in the flyer.

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