Hot food court a turnoff


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  • Thursday, 18 Mar 2010

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THE Desa Aman food court in Cheras is besieged by a host of problems and traders find it difficult to do business there.

They said many people do not know of the food court’s existence and therefore few customers would patronise their stalls.

To make things worse, the place becomes hot from 11am onwards right until 5pm, making it unsuitable choice for the working crowd.

Cheras MP Tan Kok Wai said the problems were first highlighted by the Desa Aman food court traders committee in a letter dated March 2008 to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) petty traders development and management department deputy director (1) Ibrahim Yusoff.

He said among the requests stated in the letter by the traders were for the dim yellow lights in the food court’s surrounding to be changed to white for better lighting; that their monthly rental fees decreased since they were not earning much and for the heat inside the complex to be addressed.

“After the first letter was sent out, some of the requests were looked into and improvements made.

“However, there are still other issues which have not been resolved,” said Tan, who later wrote a letter to department head Ramly Othman in March 2009 on other outstanding problems.

He said the food court was built at a cost of between RM5.8mil and RM6mil with some colourful features added on in an attempt to make the place look pleasant. But all that seem useless as customers are not patronising the place.

“Although the traders here have been operating for three years, the public are still unaware of this place.

“Moreover, a lot of the stalls are also not open except for a few which have got their own loyal customers,” said Tan.

Arriving later at the site was Ibrahim and some DBKL officers, who met Tan and the traders to hear the grouses.

Trader Tong Wah Ying, who operates three tai chow stalls, said she was thankful to have her loyal group of customers.

“Previously, I was operating by the roadside and have been in business for 12 years.

“When I moved in here, my customers also followed me so I’m fortunate in that way,” said Tong, 38.

“But it’s really hard to tolerate the heat and it can get to you sometimes, making a person easily agitated.

“I have to pull out the hose to spray water over the rooftop daily just to cool down the area a bit,” added Tong.

It is learnt that the monthly rental is between RM200 and RM250.

Later, Tan said the DBKL would install wind turbines on the rooftops to bring in some ventilation and to cool the place.

“Five bus parking lots will be created for tourist buses to bring in tourists.

“I hope that City Hall will carry out more promotions to publicise this food court,” he said after a discussion with Ibrahim.


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