Monday June 18, 2012
Plan to extend business hours at Bazaar Rakyat
By THO XIN YI
TRADERS at the Bazaar Rakyat in Jalan SK 6/1, Seri Kembangan, plan to extend their business hours on Friday night, as well as on the eve of the first and 15th day of the Chinese lunar month.
Serdang Bazaar Rakyat Traders Association chairman Koo Then Fook said traders at the shoplots would open their stalls from 6pm to 11pm.
Seri Kembangan assemblyman Ean Yong Hian Wah also announced that the food hawkers at the commercial centre near Bazaar Rakyat would be relocated to the carpark of Bazaar Rakyat.
“About 10 of them selling pastries and kuih-muih are causing traffic congestion in the commercial centre.
“The Subang Jaya Municipal Council (MPSJ) has decided to shift them to the carpark and they will carry out their business from 3pm to 11pm daily,” he said.
Bazaar Rakyat was opened in April to relieve traffic congestion near the old market in SK 10 and to legalise the unlicensed hawkers who have been trading at the old market for years.
Besides a wet market, there are coffee shops and traders who sell dry goods.
Ean Yong came under fire recently when some traders complained of poor business at the new site.
Koo, a fruit seller, said he had been trading at the old market for 35 years.
“I tried applying for a licence but to no avail, and was slapped with summonses by the MPSJ many times.
“At the old market, we did not have a roof over our heads. We are grateful for the opportunity to trade legally in a proper environment here,” he said.
A few other traders noted that even though business was not as good, it was getting better.
Cheong Lai Fun, 50, who rents a shoplot to sell apparels, was optimistic that the situation would improve.
Shoes seller May Lew, 42, said she hoped the authority could do more publicity for the new market to pull customers in.
“The monthly rental of RM100 was inexpensive, but my sale dropped by more than half after moving here.
“The old customers don’t come to this market,” she said.
Vicky Tham, 42, a fishmonger, said customers loved the new market for its clean environment.
Pork seller Yong Zhen Hui, 26, echoed her views, adding that the facility at the new site was better than the old market.
Vegetable seller Chong Yin Chong said they enjoyed good business on certain days and bad on other days.
Ean Yong said he has allocated RM40,000 to fix an awning for the shoplots facing Jalan SK 6/1.
As for the vacant lots at both wet market and the shoplots, he said the MPSJ had taken them back for other applicants.