NIGHT market merchants need Kuala Lumpur Metropolis Corridor (DBKL) to permit a Bangkok-style stall setting in order that area will be maximised.
Beneath the setting practised in Thailand, stalls are lined on the aspect and again so clients can browse solely on the entrance.
Pasar Malam Kuala Lumpur Affiliation secretary Charles James Roy stated the Bangkok-style setting eliminates the necessity for merchants to watch social distancing between the stalls.
“The stalls will probably be lined and guests can solely stroll within the entrance.
“The present evening market normal working process (SOP) requires merchants to arrange their stalls 2.5m aside, ” he stated, including that merchants have to take turns or do enterprise on alternate weeks in a single location.
“This isn’t honest. What if it rains at evening, the revenue of merchants will probably be affected, ” Roy stated throughout a press convention on the Taman Bukit Gembira evening market.
He added that the Bangkok-style setting would enable all evening market merchants to open for enterprise on the similar time.
“The affiliation would restrict the variety of clients coming into the evening market and conduct temperature screening, take down clients’ particulars and supply hand sanitiser on the entrance, ” he stated.
Taman Bukit Gembira evening market opened for the primary time on Monday through the restoration motion management order (MCO).
Solely about 35 merchants arrange stalls and a smaller than typical crowd was seen on the evening market.
Federal Territories MCA DBKL Affairs Bureau chief Banie Chin stated the proposal for a Bangkok-style stall setting had been submitted to Metropolis Corridor.
“I hope DBKL can determine on the proposal rapidly. The merchants are struggling after three months with out an revenue, ” he stated.
Kuala Lumpur Taman Bukit Gembira Night time Market Merchants Affiliation president Wong Sin You stated solely half of the 131 licensed evening market merchants had determined to open for enterprise.
“There are speculated to be 130 tons for the evening market however with the SOP, solely 80 have been allotted, ” he stated.
Seputeh MCA vice-chairman Chan Quin Er who additionally current on the press convention, requested for leniency from DBKL’s enforcement group.
“There will probably be some hiccups on the primary day. They need to advise merchants as a substitute of penalising them, ” she stated.