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IT'S going to be a hive of activity for Ramadan bazaar traders next weekend as many of the operating permits for the stalls in the Klang Valley have been snapped up.
The selling of the Ramadan bazaar lots recently at the Selayang Municipal Council (MPS) went smoothly as 869 lots out of the 1,071 trading lots offered this year were taken up fast.
According to MPS licensing director Affendei Samingan, the remaining 202 vacant lots are still up for grabs.
"However, those who want to get the permits must do it fast. The fee for a single lot is RM130 while those taking two lots will get a RM18 discount, they need only pay RM242," he said.
The scene of traders jostling when trying to get their permit as seen last year was not repeated as the council had systematically improved the traders' permit registration and application process at the permit collection centre in the council's Dewan Beringin.
Affendei said the processing has been made easier this year as the screening of documents, processing of applications and payments were all done at the same place.
"Applicants' photos were also taken on the spot and printed together with their permits to avoid abuse. They were also given the compulsory TY2 typhoid vaccination shots," he said.
Zaiton Abd Rahman, 50, who will be selling local dishes in Selayang Utama, is satisfied with the systematic registration process despite the slight delay due to a technical glitch.
"It's more convenient now with no pushing and shoving and processing was a breeze," she said.
This year, 10 locations in the municipality have been identified as Ramadan bazaar spots.
They are Taman Tun Teja, Bandar Country Homes, Rawang town, Kg Melayu Sg Buloh, Kg Nakhoda, Taman Ehsan, Selayang Utama, Taman Batu Caves, Taman Samudera and Gombak Setia.
Another six locations for Ramadan bazaar at Pinggiran Batu Caves, Taman Sri Gombak, Selayang Baru, Taman Greenwood, Bandar Baru Selayang and Bandar Tasik Puteri would be managed by the respective residential committees.
Over in Subang Jaya, there are 382 empty lots for the Ramadan bazaar in the municipality waiting to be grabbed. The Subang Jaya Municipal Council has so far given out a total of 1,278 permits to Ramadan bazaar traders in Subang Jaya, Puchong, Kinrara, Serdang and Seri Kembangan.
The council had allocated 1,660 lots but 382 are still vacant. Traders pay between RM175 to RM255 a month, depending on the type of food sold.
The traders were also given biodegradable bags for packing their customers' food at a Ramadan bazaar seminar held last week.
In other areas, the selling of trading lots were done much earlier and lots had been taken up.
City Hall which opened the sale of permits for three days between May 15 and 17 received a total of 5,581 applications.
Its corporate planning manager Dr Ismail Stapa said there is an increase in lots allocated this year as compared to last year, with 4,541 lots offered.
Among the usual Ramadan bazaar locations are in Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Bandar Baru Sentul, Jalan Telawi, Bangsar, Taman Tun Dr Ismail, Setapak Jaya, Taman Dato' Senu.
"These are the areas where voting for lots were carried out. The other 99 lots were allocated to traders in Perumahan Awam (public housing) Sri Melaka, Pasar Dato Keramat, Pasar Besar Gombak, Pasar Pusat Penjaja Jalan Wirawati, Taman Sri Selamat and Taman Koperasi Polis Fasa 2.
"The licence and service charges (cleaning) vary according to the areas. For Lorong TAR, the permit and charges are between RM156 and RM672, while other lots ranged between RM142 and RM185. For lots managed by associations, the licence with charges range between RM163 and RM282." he added.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ), which offered its bazaar lots in May, has approved 1,673 lots in 21 zones within the municipality.
The more popular bazaars with a huge turnout would be in Section 17 in Jalan Universiti and Section 14 near Digital Mall PJ. While the biggest bazaar with Ramadan lots would be in SS6/1 Kelana Jaya with a total of 250 traders.
According to MBPJ public relations officer Zainun Zakaria, stalls selling food or beverages such as satay, ayam golek, grilled fish and sugar cane are required to pay the lot fee and deposit, which is from RM345 to RM365 to ensure that their premises are kept clean throughout the trading period.
Another crowd favourite would be the Stadium Malawati in Section 13 Shah Alam where more than 300 traders would be selling all sorts of merchandise from buka puasa dishes to Hari Raya necessities.
The Shah Alam City Council which sold its Ramadan bazaar permits in May has issued a total of 2,368 permits for 28 locations in the municipality. Each trader paid RM150 while the Ayam Golek stall traders were required to pay an additional RM100 for ensure cleanliness at their stalls.
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