FAIR DISTRIBUTION:City Hall is using a different system from previous years to allocate Deepavali bazaar lots as there have been complaints of abuse
CITY Hall will not give in to the demands of non-government organisations (NGOs) concerning the distribution of Deepavali bazaar lots.
Deputy Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk M. Saravanan said, previously, they had given the lots to the NGOs to distribute to their members, but they had abused the privilege.
Saravanan said the city council will still be giving the associations or NGOs the lots, however, it must be done through a system of drawing lots.
“We will give the lots to the NGOs, but it has to be done in a transparent manner.
“They will have to bring their members to draw lots. We are not going to give out the lots in bulk to them as practiced previously,” he said after launching the SJK(T) St Joseph sports day in Sentul.
Saravanan was commenting on complaints against certain NGOs which were selling the lots to other parties at exorbitant prices.
“Last year, several police reports were lodged, accusing the organisations of selling the lots for RM6,000 to RM8,000.
“This year, we are going to draw lots for any NGO applying for lots,” he said.
Saravanan said that he doesn’t want City Hall to be accused of favouring any party involved with the Deepavali bazzar.
“If we don’t draw lots, then people will say that we are in cahoots with the organisations.
“We are going to use a system that will allow for the lots to be given directly to the members.
“So if the members want lots, they must come personally,” he said.
Saravanan said that City Hall will be giving lots to any NGO, as long as they followed the proper procedure.
City Hall will be allocating 800 lots.
They will be drawn on Oct 2.