Food trucks now in one location at Kepong commercial area

Food trucks at Laman Rimbunan commercial area will operate there for a trial period until January next year.

FOOD trucks at the Laman Rimbunan commercial area in Kepong, Kuala Lumpur, are being centralised and reduced to only 20 operators.

Kuala Lumpur Food Truck Entrepreneurs Association chairman Muhammad Azlan Abas said they had been given a trial period until January to gauge the feasibility of operating at the location.

He said there was lack of coordination previously for food trucks and static stores operating in the area.

“However, we had meetings on this with the surrounding residents associations and business owners, and have centralised the food trucks at the location.

“We will see if improvements are needed at the current spot after January,” he added.

Previously, Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping raised concerns over food trucks taking over parking bays and causing traffic congestion in the commercial area.

He had said that many business owners complained of a lack of parking spots for their customers, aside from causing unhealthy competition among eateries in the area as well as double-parking.

Muhammad Azlan rebutted Yee’s claims, saying that some of those who took up parking spots were static traders and not food trucks.

“Traders and hawkers have mushroomed in the area to make ends meet as they are affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.

“It is unfair to blame it on the food trucks as we are operating in designated spots that are converted from public parking spots.

“We are offering more variety of food to the people in Kepong,” he said.

According to Muhammad Azlan, the food trucks are operating under the Usahawan Anak Muda Kota programme initiated by the Federal Territories Ministry.

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