MIBA supports bold move by DBKL

MIBA supports bold move by DBKL

SUBANG JAYA: In a move to make Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman into a pedestrian area, Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will close the road for a trial period starting April 1.

Masjid India Business Association President Datuk Ameer Ali Mydin told The Leaders Online today that DBKL consulted MIBA and Batu Road Retailers Association (Barra) on the impact of the road closure and it is expected to be a win-win situation for the vendors, businesses and the government.

In a statement today, Datuk Ameer told that new changes will always open room for improvement, however the implication of new policies will only be known after it’s implementation. He added that in the past the Pasar Malam attracted illegal hawkers and hygiene was nil due to lack of enforcement.

He said that MIBA and Barra have already suggested alternative locations for Bazaar Ramadhan to be relocated to a place accessible for an encouraging crowd and will bring in profit. Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) decision of Lorong TAR and Lorong Gombak closure is to set things right.

He also added that Jalan TAR holds touristic value for street shopping and definitely have the potential to grow more progressively compared to Bukit Bintang area.

In the nearest future Lorong TAR will be completely empty from hawkers and obstacles to facilitate loading and unloading of goods to continue as normal.

The federal territories ministry says a stretch of road along the iconic Jalan Tuanku Abdul Rahman (TAR) will be closed for traffic on weekends and public holidays from 8am to midnight beginning April 1.

The stretch of road affected will be from Jalan Isfahan near Sogo to Jalan Melayu. Only buses, taxis, fire engines, ambulances, police and enforcement vehicles will be allowed to pass when the roads are closed.

In a statement yesterday, Federal Territories Minister Khalid Abdul Samad thanked all parties involved in the decision-making process, especially the Batu Road Retailers Association (Barra) and Masjid India Business Owners Association (MIBA) and the public who had given feedback on this issue.

DBKL will ensure traders operating in Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman and Lorong Gombak will vacate so that shops can load and unload their supplies.

In the effort to clean-up Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, the night market and Ramadan Bazaar will also be moved to another location to be announced soon.

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