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PR and BN governments close one eye against Malay illegal hawkers

An illegal stall set up by a Chinese folk from my village was demolished by local authorities within a week while another illegal stall ran by a Malay was remained there for at least five years before MCA councilor pressed for its closure.

An illegal stall at the road shoulder in a housing estate nearby my house in Cheras is existed for at least ten years. DBKL keeps an closed eye because the owner is a UMNO-linked Malay hawker.

Local councils ran by PR also having same discrimination policy.

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llegal hawkers affecting food court’s business

by yasmin ahmad kamil

Brisk business: Illegal hawkers operating near the Asia Jaya LRT station.

Brisk business: Illegal hawkers operating near the Asia Jaya LRT station.

TRADERS at Medan Selera D’Jungle want the Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) to take stern action against illegal hawkers operating near the Asia Jaya LRT station.

Adding salt to their wound is the fact that illegal hawkers do not have to pay rental while these traders pay RM50 per day at the food court.

During a recent walkabout, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran checked out the traders’ claims and found that many were operating by the roadside without licences.

StarMetro noticed at least six hawkers near the Asia Jaya LRT station, with some operating from trucks while others had set up stalls on the sidewalk.

A trader from D’Jungle, who did not want to be named, said these illegal hawkers started operating about two months ago.

He said complaints to the MBPJ had not been effective in removing them from the area.

“Enforcement officers came in the morning but these traders are here in the afternoon to cater to the lunch crowd,” said the hawker who has been operating at the food court for two years.

He added that there were a few vacant stalls at the food court and questioned why the illegal hawkers could not operate there.

Another trader echoed his sentiments, adding that the council had not looked into the issue.

“I used to make approximately RM600 per day but since these traders started operating, I take home half that amount,” she said, adding that many customers packed their food from the illegal hawkers to eat at the food court.

One of the illegal hawkers who only wanted to be known as Md Fariz, 31, said he was not there to cause trouble but to earn a living.

He admitted that he did not have a licence and had received compounds from the council.

“I’ve recently sent in an application to the council to apply for a licence,” said the man from Cheras.

Rajiv said he was generally against the council clamping down on all illegal hawkers but stressed that there had to be some control.

“Some people are surviving on this and do not operate in commercial areas but near their homes as they do not have the ability to transport themselves,” he said, adding that some of them were uneducated or had been left by their spouse and did not earn much.

He said there were also those who may be taking the easy way out by operating nearby commercial areas, thus affecting the business of those who pay rental.

“It is unfair for illegal hawkers to get off scot-free compared to those who are paying rental,” he said.

When contacted, councillor Tang Fuie Koh said MBPJ should take action against the illegal hawkers, including issuing more compounds and stationing enforcement officers to patrol the area.