Free trading initiative in FTs now until June


Hawkers operating along Jalan 1/23E in Wangsa Maju under the Federal Territories Free Trading Initiative, which was introduced in November 2020. — Filepic

HAWKERS and petty traders operating in Kuala Lumpur under the Federal Territories Free Trading Initiative can continue their business as the deadline has been extended to the end of June.

However, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) said this would be applicable only to existing traders and not for new applicants.

“Existing traders who want to continue operating under this programme must renew their temporary licence online (https://elesen.dbkl.gov.my) as the previous extension ended on Dec 31 last year.

“They must also print and display their temporary licence at their stalls and it can only be operated by the registered trader,” a DBKL spokesperson said.

He advised licensees not to misuse their permits, adding that DBKL officers would be conducting enforcement activities from time to time.

The free trading initiative was launched in November 2020 by the Federal Territories Ministry, allowing Malaysians in Kuala Lumpur, Putrajaya and Labuan to trade freely at any location within their respective federal territory.

Now part of the Kuala Lumpur Prihatin programme, the initiative was initially meant to end in April 2021, but was extended until Dec 31.

Under the initative, more than 5,000 licences have been approved in all three federal territories, with the aim of giving Malaysians the opportunity to earn a living.

However, the mushrooming of these stalls around Kuala Lumpur has raised concerns about cleanliness and congestion.

StarMetro had previously highlighted that DBKL needed to step up enforcement to ensure the stalls do not cause inconvenience to road users, with some suggesting that designated areas be set up instead.

DBKL, in response, said it would only allow small-scale businesses, whereby stalls must be no more than eight sq ft in size and were limited to one stove only.

Permanent structures are also not allowed and traders are required to clean up at the end of the business day.

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