UNSUITABLE:Traders claim that gravel-paved site at Kampung Kenangan Datuk Onn is unsafe and dusty, and that the tents are also too small
TRADERS at the Ramadan Bazaar at Kampung Kenangan Datuk Onn in Batu Pahat have voiced their dissatisfaction with the condition of the site and the facilities provided by the Batu Pahat Municipal Council (MPBP) there.
The new site would see some traders having to set up their stalls on uneven surface that is covered by coarse gravel, which raised their concerns about safety and cleanliness.
The traders that will open their stalls there are worried that the uneven surface could damage their equipment like pots and pans and the table would become unstable.
Trader Syed Idros Syed Abdullah said the uneven surface could cause visitors to trip.
"The loose gravel can be dangerous, especially to the elderly and children. If the weather is dry, the dust stirred up will also get into the food we sell," he said.
Another trader, Noraini Ismail, said they are also unhappy with the size of the canopy that are smaller compared with those used last year.
"This year, MPBP has raised the the canopy's rent from RM250 to RM350 but the size is smaller. Our customers may be uncomfortable and if it rains, the food and drinks may be ruined.
"We have forwarded our concerns to the MPBP but to no avail. Instead, the officers in charge mocked us," said Noraini.
MPBP president Abdul Rashid Ismail said the council would never compromise on the safety of the visitors and traders.
"We will study the complaints before taking action," he said.