Jinjang market traders want ‘garbage house’

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  • Wednesday, 10 Dec 2014

Changes ahead: A feasibility study is being planned to set up a proper garbage disposal facility at the Jinjang Utara wet market.

KUALA Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Alam Flora and the Solid Waste Management and Public Cleansing Corporation (PPSPPA) will do a feasibility study for the setting up of a proper garbage disposal facility at the Jinjang Utara wet market.

The “garbage house” was suggested by one of the traders at the market as the eight rubbish bins provided by Alam Flora and DBKL were insufficient for traders.

Kepong Hawkers and Petty Traders Association representative Sam Lee said the drains in the market were littered with rubbish and infested with rats and cockroaches.

“Many traders do not even have a proper rubbish bin to throw garbage into. The bins are frequently filled with rubbish thrown by outsiders.

“With a ‘rubbish house’, we can monitor and lock it when we are not using it,” said Lee during a dialogue between 400 market traders and DBKL, PPSPPA as well as Alam Flora at the Jinjang Utara morning market premises.

Alam Flora Sdn Bhd Federal Territory of Kuala Lumpur manager Md Nasir Othman said that while the feasibility study was being carried out, traders should also make the effort to pack up the waste properly.

PPSPPA North Kuala Lumpur branch manager Marlia Mohamed said market traders should not leave discarded animal parts out in the open but instead pack it into plastic bags.

Soon Eng Seng, 49, a fishmonger who has been trading at the market for more than 20 years, complained that his income had been affected by foreigners who sell items cheaper on the roadside near the market.

He also highlighted the lack of parking space for market-goers and that when they parked outside on the road, they would be summoned by the police, which subsequently deter the shoppers from coming to this market.

DBKL Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department administration assistant officer Mohd Hanafi Amil said DBKL would hold a joint operation with the police and Immigration Department against unlicensed stalls outside the market.

“We will take action against these illegal traders.

“As for parking space, we will consider several possible solutions.

“The Jinjang morning market is among the markets that DBKL plans to upgrade,” he added.

Kepong Community Service Centre head Yee Poh Ping, who was present at the dialogue, said there would be a gotong-royong exercise at the market on Dec 15.

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