KUALA LUMPUR, Feb 19 (Bernama) -- The Federal Territories Malay Hawkers and Petty Traders Association (PPPKM) has urged the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) to restore its 'rights' to manage Ramadan bazaars around the city.
PPPKM president Datuk Mohamad Abdullah said this was to ensure that existing hawkers were assured of a place, especially within traditional sites such as Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman.
"Prior to this, the task to distribute lots at traditional sites was given to the association, however, this year, the distribution of all Ramadan bazaar lots will not only be fully managed by DBKL, but also completely done online.
"This will affect over 2,000 traditional traders who open lots at Ramadan bazaars every year, especially at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman," he said during a press conference this year.
Last week, Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham Ahmad Dahlan announced that 4,330 lots involving 57 Ramadan bazaars would be fully managed by DBKL, without involving any third parties.
Meanwhile, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad when met during a walkabout at Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman today said his ministry had no problem allowing associations to manage the distribution of the lots, provided their rental rates were lower than those set by DBKL.
"If it is higher, it does not meet our goal to facilitate traders in lowering the price of the lots,” he added.