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ALOR STAR: The Alor Star City Council is setting up 1,602 trading lots for the Ramadan Bazaar during the fasting month in July.
Mayor Datuk Mat Noh Ahmad said it was 119 less than last year.
He said there will be fewer trading lots in some areas, such as Simpang Kuala, as there were fewer takers in the area last year. Many trading lots for food and beverages were not taken up.
Mat Noh said 1,364 lots were for food and beverages.
He said the council has identified 24 trading sites, of which 14 are just for food and drinks. They include Taman Wira, Stadium Darulaman, Peremba, Jalan Datuk Kumbar and Pokok Sena.
He said application forms for the lots, priced at RM6 each, will be on sale from today till May 16 at the council's headquarters in Jalan Kolam Air.
He said food and drinks traders will not be subjected to the RM1,000 deposit. However, they will have to pay rent of between RM200 and RM300, depending on the lot size, for the month.
Those who wish to take up the non-food lots will have to pay the deposit and rent of between RM650 and RM2,000 depending on the size.
He said the deposit, introduced last year, helped to stop the lots from being sublet which is illegal.
Deposits should be paid using bank drafts or money orders.
Mat Noh said all deposits will be returned to traders after Hari Raya Aidilfitri. By Fariza Uzmat