IPOH: The Human Rights Commission of Malaysia (Suhakam) has stepped in to help solve problems faced by bus and food stall operators who were relocated from Medan Kidd last Monday to the new bus terminal at Medan Gopeng here.
Commissioners Prof Datuk Hamdan Adnan and Datuk N. Siva Subramaniam and three investigators discussed the operators loss of income to Perak government officials at the Mentri Besars office yesterday.
Among those they met were State Development Corporation chief executive officer Datuk Samsudin Hashim, special officer and private secretary to Mentri Besar Datuk Saharudin Abd Jabar and press secretary Huszaini Annuar Bek.
The group also sought an appointment with Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Mohamad Tajol Rosli Ghazali to clear matters in the presence of the Medan Kidd Bus And Taxi Operators and Hawkers Action Committee.
Prof Hamdan said the meeting was fruitful and that the state had promised space for food stall operators at Medan Gopeng later.
They also said that there were feeder buses for passengers to get into the city once they alight at Medan Gopeng and (they) need not pay over RM12 for taxi fare, he said.
Adding that the action committee sent their complaint letter to Suhakam on Oct 13, Prof Hamdan said all claims made by the parties concerned would be thrashed out when they meet Tajol Rosli at a later date.
Until the meeting, he said, Suhakam would be monitoring the situation closely.
Siva Subramaniam suggested that both stations co-exist to allow the low-income group to take feeder busses from the nearby Ipoh bus station to get to their destinations instead of paying a hefty taxi fare.
Earlier in the morning, the five of them met a few affected people at Medan Kidd for a few hours.
Among those met was Azyyathi Ghazali, 27, a ticketing agent who was in tears when relating her loss of income since she was forced to operate from Medan Gopeng since last week.
When I was at Medan Kidd I sold between 30 to 50 tickets per day during weekdays and over 200 tickets on weekends, but in Medan Gopeng my sales were reduced to about 15 tickets on weekdays and about 30 tickets on weekends, she said.
Food stall operator Akramah Tahiruddin, 46, who earned about RM1,000 a month, now saw her income reduced by half as fewer people patronised her stall.
Bus operator Loke Chong Kheong, 55, complained that when he returned to operate from Medan Kidd due to losses, the Ipoh City Council issued him a summons.