Upgrading for friendly ‘pakcik’ food traders

  • Nation
  • Saturday, 24 Jun 2006

SHAH ALAM: For now they are just plain hawkers and unlicensed food traders. 

Following a move to repackage them, these makciks and pakciks will be known as “takeaway food specialists.” 

Businessman Tengku Ahmad Ridhaudin Tengku Abdul Razak, 33, mooted the idea last August and has got Mara into the picture as the funding agent.  

“It’s all in the packaging. The takeaway food specialists are still our friendly pakciks and makciks. 

What we do are doing is fine-tuning their business acumen, by providing them training on hygiene, discipline and accounts management,” he said, adding that the 8,000 illegal food traders in Selangor will be given licences.  

“Slapping them with summonses and tearing down their stalls is not a long-term solution,” Tengku Ahmad Ridhaudin told reporters after a ceremony to launch the programme here yesterday. 

Mara has gathered about 300 roadside food traders under the special project. 

Present at yesterday’s ceremony were Mentri Besar Datuk Seri Dr Mohamad Khir Toyo and Mara chairman Datuk Seri Brig-Jen (R) Abdul Hamid Zainal Abidin. 

Tengku Ahmad Ridhaudin extended his gratitude to the mentri besar for making sure the project get off the ground.  

“He wants to protect the livelihood of the traders but at the same time, make sure customers get good, clean food,” added Tengku Ahmad Ridhaudin. 

In his speech, Dr Khir advised the entrepreneurs to think and act professionally. 

“Don’t be quick to buy a flashy car just because you earn some profit. Don’t close your stall unnecessarily,” he said.  

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