STALLS WORSEN CON­GES­TION

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RES­I­DENTS in Jalan SS 5D/1 to SS 5D/5, Ke­lana Jaya, are dis­tressed over the con­ges­tion caused by hawk­ers op­er­at­ing along the main road in Jalan SS 5/2.

A res­i­dent, who wanted to re­main anony­mous, said the prob­lem had ex­isted for years de­spite nu­mer­ous com­plaints be­ing sent to the Pe­tal­ing Jaya City Coun­cil (MBPJ).

“More hawk­ers have set up stalls re­cently. Res­i­dents are irked be­cause pa­trons parked hap­haz­ardly by the road­side. Some hawk­ers also op­er­ated dur­ing the peak hours in the af­ter­noon.

“One hawker has even built a con­crete struc­ture on the road shoul­der.

“There are also se­cu­rity con­cerns as the stalls could at­tract crim­i­nals.”

He said res­i­dents were wor­ried that the food busi­ness might at­tract pests and cre­ate garbage dis­posal prob­lems.

“We hope MBPJ will re­lo­cate these hawk­ers to a more suit­able place.”

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The Pe­tal­ing Jaya City Coun­cil (MBPJ) pub­lic re­la­tions of­fi­cer said the coun­cil would take ac­tion against hawk­ers or food stall op­er­a­tors who failed to ad­here to its reg­u­la­tions.

He said the hawk­ers were given only four hours to op­er­ate their stalls daily.

“These food stall op­er­a­tors have been is­sued tem­po­rary li­cences by the coun­cil and only five are al­lowed to op­er­ate their busi­ness in the area.

“We will con­duct checks. If we find any­one flout­ing the rules, we will re­port it to our en­force­ment de­part­ment. The food stall op­er­a­tors’ tem­po­rary li­cences may be re­voked.

“We have also re­ceived com­plaints that some hawk­ers are op­er­at­ing il­le­gally in the area. We will take ac­tion against them, too.”

Mo­torists stop­ping to buy food from hawker stalls in Jalan SS 5/2, Ke­lana Jaya. PIC BY EIZAIRI

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