MIBA sees the good out of the bad

MIBA sees the good out of the bad

KUALA LUMPUR: The Masjid India Business Association (MIBA) president Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin viewed the fire incident that razed down 30 stalls this earlier this morning as a silver lining.

“We are saddened by the fire and at the same time thankful to God that there were no lives lost.  There is a silver lining in this case,” he said.

“We have raised the safety issue for the bazaar which is located in a small lane before,” he added.

Datuk Ameer also explained that the Ramadan bazaar operators were lucky that they are not affected. Also prior to this, there were already complaints on the small lane accommodating businesses.

In the wee hours of the morning, 30 stalls at the festive bazaar were razed down by fire. 

Firemen from Sentul, Hang Tuah, Titiwangsa and Pudu fire stations arrived at the scene at 1.35am and put out the fire by 2.04am.

On that note, Ameer was also thankful to Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad and Kuala Lumpur Mayor Datuk Nor Hisham A. Dahlan for moving the Ramadan bazaar to Jalan Raja instead of maintaining it at Jalan Masjid India.

“Luckily the Ramadan bazaar was moved to Jalan Raja. The fire would have spread faster in a bigger crowd.”

He also said that MIBA would consider giving assistance to the affected traders on a humanitarian basis as they were not members in the association.

In a subsequent statement, Ameer said MIBA has launched a donation drive among its members to assist the traders.