KUALA LUMPUR: City Hall will conduct a detailed study on the Jalan Raja Ramadan bazaar, which operated for the first time after it was relocated from its original site in Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman (Lorong TAR) recently.
Federal Territories Khalid Abdul Samad said traders at the new site had complained about traffic congestion and a drop in sales.
“If we were to talk about congestion, the same could be said about the (former) Ramadan bazaar in Lorong TAR.
“Furthermore, Jalan Raja is only closed to traffic on weekends.
“Despite the setting up of a bazaar there, motorists were still able to use the road on weekdays during the fasting month.
“On the drop in profits, we could say that most city dwellers wait for their payday at the end of May before going out Raya shopping.
“That could explain the slow business experienced by traders in the first two weeks after the bazaar opened on May 6.
“Nevertheless, we will look at these issues, among others, in the study.”
Khalid said there were numerous complaints when the bazaar was in Lorong TAR.
After acquiring trading permits, he said, some traders had sold their lots for thousands of ringgit.
“With the newly-introduced online application system, petty traders are able to apply for permits directly from City Hall.
“There is no longer a monopoly by the traders and hawkers associations.
“However, the associations are still allowed to manage the bazaars.
“Although we don’t have the exact figure on complaints about people selling bazaar lots, we can say that it has improved as we haven’t heard of many problems of this nature this year,” he told a press conference today.
He said petty traders and hawkers who were found to have sold their lots would be blacklisted and banned from operating at the Ramadan bazaar for three years.
It is learnt that study on the bazaar operations will be carried out in two weeks.
The Ramadan bazaar had kicked off to a slow start, with only a handful of the 344 lots being occupied, forcing City Hall to issue an ultimatum to the traders to get them start operations or risk having their permits revoked and being banned from applying for permits in the future.
Apart from traffic congestion and drop in sales, the traders had also grumbled about the limited parking and parking fees.
They had suggested that City Hall should allow them to operate food trucks.