KUALA LUMPUR: A task force comprising local authorities and trader representatives will be formed to ensure that alternative to Ramadan bazaars in Kuala Lumpur will work smoothly.
Federal Territories Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (pic) said he and officers from Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) would meet with bazaar trader associations on Sunday (April 12) to iron out details in implementing the three alternative concepts being introduced.
“It is not as straightforward as we thought when it comes to the technical aspect of this programme," he said during a press conference that was streamed live on his ministry's Facebook page on Saturday (April 11).
“So, we are working with the traders themselves to figure out what needs to be done as we do not have much time before Ramadan starts,” he said, adding some 3,000 traders are expected to be involved.
He added that some of the details needed to be looked at included registration of traders, the suitability of the locations chosen as pick-up points and the cut-off time for placing orders.
“As an incentive, each trader will be given RM500 to encourage them to adopt the new move and to subsidise some of the costs to be paid for the e-hailing services.
“We estimate that about 1,200 DBKL and Rela officers will also be needed at these pick-up points to supervise and ensure that the proper SOPs are not contravened,” he said.
Annuar added that 66 locations had previously been identified for the Ramadan bazaar in Kuala Lumpur, with other locations, such as school and mosque compounds, serving as alternatives if necessary.
“We hope to have traders registered by April 17 as we need to conduct test runs before the first day of Ramadan,” he added.
Prior to this on Wednesday (April 8), Annuar announced three alternative concepts replacing traditional Ramadan bazaars: drive-thru, pick-and-pack, and e-hailing services.
Under the drive-thru concept, traders would be grouped into segments and food would be prepacked.
The pick-and-pack concept allows customers to make their pre-orders online with the traders through platforms provided by the local authorities, with payment done online. The collection of food will be done in places determined by the local authorities.
Meanwhile, the e-hailing platform will see the local authorities registering the traders via platforms such as Grab Food and Food Panda.
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