Shahidan: Move to allow traders under Free Trade Zone to continue until Dec 31 is to ease their burden

KUALA LUMPUR: The rationale for extending the temporary licences for roadside traders under the Wilayah Bebas Berniaga (Free Trade Zone) until Dec 31 is to ease their burden as a result of the pandemic.

Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Shahidan Kassim (pic) said although the traders were free to trade, it did not mean they could take advantage of the situation.

"With the extension to operate until the end of the year, hopefully they will be able to move into a licensed premises.

"We are empathetic towards their plight but also firm, meaning that the traders must adhere to the guidelines set by Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).

"The traders must also remember to not throw rubbish everywhere or have multiple trading sites," said Shahidan after launching the newly opened Pasar Harian Selayang Kuala Lumpur (PSKL) and the Jalan Ipoh flyover/U-turn into PSKL.

StarMetro earlier reported the statement by DBKL that all the guidelines and SOP would remain the same, but DBKL warned traders that strict enforcement would be carried out if traders were to infringe licensing guidelines.

Those with licences which expired on Thursday (June 30) can continue to operate until Dec 31.

Earlier, Shahidan visited the Selayang market and the upgraded Jalan Selayang Baru, Jalan Ipoh and surrounding roads that connect the entry and exit points of the market.

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