THE Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has been urged to improve the conditions at Seri Kembangan Commercial Centre before relocating the night market there.
Serdang parliamentary liaison officer Datuk Yap Pian Hon said he received complaints from shop owners at the commercial centre that the area always floods when it rains.
“The traders and shopowners have been facing this problem for the last two to three years,” Yap said.
He added that the roads in the commercial centre were not tarred properly. Only the centre of the roads were tarred.
“The sides, where parking bays are, were left untouched.
“Not only did it cause a difference in height between the tarred and untarred parts of the road, the sides were filled with mud,” Yap said.
Yap also questioned the status of a plan to construct a Y-shaped ramp at the entrance of the commercial centre where it intersects Jalan Besar.
He said the proposal was put forward in 2006 but it has not been built until now.
“The junction has a set of traffic lights at the moment. However, the Public Works Department (JKR) only approved the traffic lights as a temporary measure back then,” he said.
It was reported that the night market, currently located at Jalan Besar in Seri Kembangan, would be relocated to Jalan PSK 7 in the Seri Kembangan Commercial Centre.
Some of the reasons of the relocation was to solve the traffic woe at Jalan Besar and to legalise the illegal traders.
The traders could operate twice a week instead of just once a week at the new site.
However, Yap said the MPSJ should not relocate the night market before all the problems mentioned were solved.
“Their business would be greatly affected if the facilities in the commercial centre were not upgraded,” he said.
Yap also hoped MPSJ would not increase the trade license fees, like what Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) and Ampang Municipal Council had done.
“State exco member Ronnie Liu reportedly said that MBPJ has RM300mil in reserve funds. Why can’t the local council use that money to help the hawkers? The license fee hike will be a burden to the traders,” he added.
Meanwhile, Seri Kembangan MCA service centre chief Chin Toong Kang also wanted the list of hawkers at the new night market to be made public.
“This is to prove that the allocation of lots was conducted in a transparent manner,” he said, adding that the list of hawkers at the Bazaar Rakyat in Jalan SK6/1 was also not provided.
On another matter, Yap said the council should consider making the entry and exit points along Jalan Utama in Seri Kembangan one-way streets.
There are 62 junctions on both sides of the 5km road.
“Instead of wasting money to install amber blinking lights and convex mirrors, the council and councillors should study the traffic system.
“By making the entry and exit points one-way streets, it would reduce criss-crossing of traffic on Jalan Utama,” Yap said.
Among his other suggestions were to build speed bumps, adjust the brightness of the streetlights, set the speed limit at 50 or 60 km/h, and solve the problem of water collecting on Jalan Utama.