Call on all 144 local
authorities including the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (KLCH) to
assist hawkers and petty traders, consistent with the Ninth
Malaysia Plan (9MP) policy, that is, restructuring,
competitiveness and modernisation of the distributive trade
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
Lumpur, Sunday) :
The local governments should also announce the new development and
monitoring framework and guidelines for hawkers and petty traders under
the Ninth Malaysia Plan.
I meet the hawkers and petty traders at the roadside of Jalan Kepong Baru
on 4 March, 2007. Over 100 of them have received notices to move to other
places which they find themselves.
KLCH has a project to widen the road to accommodate the rapidly increasing
number of vehicles. This is necessary.
KLCH and other local authorities should survey hawkers and petty traders
who need to move and create adequate centres for their relocation.
The Ninth Malaysia Plan undertakes to improve the regulatory framework and
guidelines of the distributive trade with greater efforts. One of 9MP's
thrusts is to strenghthen the modes of distribution to enhance efficiency,
productivity and competitiveness.
At the high end of the sector, hypermarkets appear. In fact, Jaya Jusco
and Carre Foure are a stone's throw away from Jalan Kepong Baru. A large
private hawkers' centre operates nearby. We hope that DBKL also help the
above-mentioned hawkers and petty traders. They are at the lower end of
The KL Structural Plan (KL20) aims at making the city a world-calss
tropical garden city of light. Providing hawkers' centres of
international standard is compatible with this aim.
KL20 monitors the allocation of premises for hawkers and petty traders and
build additional premises if necessary.
Dr Tan Seng Giaw
National Deputy Chairman and MP for Kepong