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UNWELCOME:Taman Johor Jaya Market traders say that the presence of illegal traders along Jalan Dedap 14 is eating into their profits
THE presence of about 20 illegal traders who operate in Jalan Dedap 14, near the Taman Johor Jaya Market, here is threatening the livelihood of licensed traders in the area.
Johor Jaya state assemblyman, Tan Cher Puk said the situation has caused about 100 licensed traders to lose half their regular income on weekends.
The presence of the illegal traders has also created traffic congestion, which in turn discouraged shoppers from visiting the market.
Adding that he was faced with this problem every Ramadan period, Tan said he once suggested that the illegal traders be given temporary permits and allowed to trade at the parking area in Jalan Dedap 15.
However, he said the proposal did not materialise because the illegal traders did not adhere to instructions.
Johor Jaya market trader, Mohd Salam Abbas, 50, said some of the illegal traders chose to trade by the roadside and on parking lots, selling all sorts of goods.
"To avoid the hassle of looking for a parking spot, shoppers have instead opted to buy from the illegal traders despite the questionable quality and level of cleanliness," he added.
"I hope the local authorities will act on the problem," he said.
Market food trader Zaleha Baba, 60, said she has complained to the local authorities many times but have yet to see any action on the illegal trading.
"We want to know why the problem crops up yearly despite our having complained to the local authorities," said Zaleha.