TRADING PLACES:Highway concessionaire offers to build kiosks for traders
KL-KUALA Selangor Expressway (Latar) concessionaire will create space for traders to do business at its Rest and Recreation (R&R) plazas should there be demand.
Latar chief executive officer Amran Amir said kiosks could be set up for traders, such as cotton pillow makers, who were a familiar sight on the old trunk road to Kuala Selangor, to do business.
Since Latar opened up a year ago, the traders' business was said to have dwindled with less traffic on the old trunk roads. The traders were also now scattered in different places to avoid competing with one another.
"We have the infrastructure to make it possible for traders, whether food or cottage-industry product makers, to operate on the R&R areas. However, there must be a demand from these traders so that we can place kiosks at our rest-stop plazas," he said.
Amran was speaking after the opening of the Kundang Timur and Kundang Barat R&R plazas which offer food stalls, public toilets, and rest huts with 24-hour security.
The launch was officiated by Malaysian Highway Authority director-general Datuk Ismail Md Salleh. Also present was Latar chairman Datuk Razali Othman.
In his speech, Ismail urged all toll concessionaires to ensure that their highways were safe at all times and that its facilities were well-maintained.
"The rest-stop plazas also help in the socio-economic growth of communties living nearby.
"Every highway has a spillover effect which is significant to improve the livelihoods of those living nearby," he said.
Latar is also holding an inter-school competition for Gombak district's 25 primary schools. The competition requires the schools to collect Latar toll booth tickets. The school with most tickets will win the grand prize of RM10,000.
Schools can collect the toll tickets from the teachers, students' parents and other who use Latar during the competition period from June 20 until Sept 30.