Thursday, February 24, 2011

No Discrimination Claims Councillor

Thursday, February 24th, 2011 14:41:00
Disabled traders
UNITED: Disabled hawkers showing their dissatisfaction over their treatment at the Taman Megah market yesterday — Pic: Arif Kartono

MALAY MAIL: PETALING JAYA: The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) is reviewing the layout of the Taman Megah SS24 market following disputes over allocation of trading lots and the market set-up.

Councillor Tiew Way Kheng said she received complaints from market traders, mostly concerning narrow pathways and limited space at stalls for traders to operate.

The council meeting next week will decide on the new market layout and operations.

She said she conducted checks on the market over the last few months to discover some 40 per cent of consumers opted to go to other markets due to discomfort at Taman Megah market.

"Traders worry for loss of customers. We are thinking how to achieve the best for all parties and hope to reach an amicable solution," she told a Press conference at the market this morning.

Tiew previously come under fire by a stall operator, wheelchairbound Shirley Cha Shek Nee, who accused Tiew of discrimination following the trader's failure to renew her operating licence.

Cha, 29, a frozen foods seller, was allocated a stall in front of the market, which was near a wheelchair ramp and complained of being harassed by fellow traders, whom she claimed wanted to secure her spot due to its prime location.

Cha claimed other traders insulted her and even switched off her refrigerator when she was not around. This could ruin her food and business.

It is understood the fate of the trading licences of stall operators will be known once the meeting of councillors concludes next week.

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