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KUALA LUMPUR, April 17 -- Restricted access to each section is one of the reasons why the Aidifitri Bazaar at Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) here enjoyed lukewarm response on its opening day.
Checks by Bernama found that traders there were divided into sections A, B, C and D, starting from the back of the Campbell Complex until the exit to the Masjid India junction.
The rather impractical access flow between sections, as well as the area being fenced up, meant visitors had to walk a long way between sections.
Clothes trader Azman Usman, 26, said the use of a one-way system, with each section having only one entrance and one exit, made it difficult for visitors to access the bazaar.
"Entrances and exits should be parallel and at the same place so that visitors do not have to turn around, walk too far or double back to go to one section.
"Some visitors do not want to walk very far, so they won’t visit all the sections. That will definitely result in us suffering losses,” he said.
Songkok and kain songket trader Masnurohani Sudirman, 29, concurred, adding that she hoped that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) could rearrange all entry and exit points so as to make it easier for visitors to access all sections of the bazaar.
"I hope that DBKL can compromise and review the layout of the entrances and exits. Maybe they can think of a better solution for us because traders are counting on the bazaar to eke out a living,” she said.
The Aidilfitri Bazaar, which was moved to Jalan Raja for two years, was brought back to Lorong TAR this year, but with strict compliance of the standard operating procedure (SOP) to curb the spread of COVID-19.
Two DBKL personnel are also stationed at each entry and exit of each section of the bazaar, while visitors are also required to register using the MySejahtera application and scan their temperatures before they are provided with entry passes, which are limited to 100 people at any one time.
Visitor Mohd Shahwady Juwal, 35, of Ampang was satisfied with the rules in place and said it was a good way to manage the crowd.
"I felt safe shopping here but I would like to suggest that the traders be arranged according to products sold so as to make it easier for us to find what we want,” he said.