TRADERS associations and similar groups should get hawkers under their management to register their businesses, said Selangor housing, urban wellbeing and entrepreneur development committee chairman Rodziah Ismail.
This way local authorities would have an accurate database of traders in their municipalities, she said.
“There are two types of traders in Selangor – those who are directly registered with local authorities and those under the management of an association,” said Rodziah.
“Some of those under association management are not registered with the local authority. They should get registered so that there is more accurate data on their business details.
“All the local authorities in Selangor have an online registration system for traders now, so there is no excuse for them not to get registered,” she added.
Rodziah was speaking after witnessing a handover of cashless devices sponsored for 62 traders through a collaboration between Yayasan Hijrah Selangor (Hijrah) and Beez Fintech Sdn Bhd at Bangunan SSAAS, Shah Alam.
Twenty-two traders will set up stalls at the Hijrah Selangor Ramadan Bazaar sites in Section 7 while 40 traders will set up shop in Section U3, Shah Alam.
Bazaar visitors are encouraged to use the QR code method for faster and easier payments.
The QR code system accepts payments from all local banks and several ewallet providers.
“The Hijrah Selangor Ramadan Bazaar offers these traders a second chance to earn some income this year, after they were unsuccessful in applying for lots at Ramadan bazaars managed by Shah Alam City Council (MBSA),” said Rodziah.
“These traders happen to be funded by Hijrah through existing financing schemes. When the opportunity came for Hijrah to organise Ramadan bazaars, we reached out to them to apply for trading lots.”
Rodziah wished the traders success and expressed hope that they would be able to increase their capital and complete their financing repayment to Hijrah.
A briefing and lot-drawing session was also held at the same event.
Yayasan Hijrah Selangor acting chief executive officer Normaiza Yahya said there were still 20 lots available at the Section U3 Ramadan bazaar.
“Both the Section 7 and Section U3 sites were approved by MBSA but will be managed by Hijrah.
“There will be no overlaps with Ramadan bazaars managed by MBSA.
“Hijrah will facilitate the registration of those not registered as traders with MBSA,” she said.
Hijrah offers microcredit loans to small entrepreneurs in Selangor for the implementation of programmes to help them grow their businesses and increase their capital.