KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has extended the 50% discount offer for its trading lot rentals until December.
In a statement on Wednesday (July 6), Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Jalaluddin Alias said the ministry and DBKL had decided to extend the offer that was valid from January to June.
Jalaluddin added that this is being done to reduce the financial burden on traders and help them improve their cash flow.
He said the offer involving 5,766 accounts under DBKL market complexes and food courts would cost the city RM3.07mil in revenue.
Since the Covid-19 movement control order started in March 2020, Jalaluddin said, the ministry had introduced a number of concessions and initiatives to help affected hawkers and petty traders in the city until March this year.
“There were 10 forms of aid and initiatives given by DBKL’s Licensing and Traders Development Department that led to a RM31.77mil reduction in revenue.
“Although the country moved into the endemic phase on April 1, there were still complaints from hawkers and petty traders about the burden they had to bear as the economy made its recovery (gradually),” he said.
He said the ministry and DBKL hoped the extension would help hawkers and petty traders to continue rebuilding their businesses.
In a Facebook post, DBKL said Jalaluddin had made the announcement to the traders at Anjung Selera food court in Jalan Jujur, Bandar Tun Razak during his recent visit to check if any infrastructure improvements were needed there.
He was accompanied by Kuala Lumpur mayor Datuk Seri Mahadi Che Ngah.