Are you a fan of rojak and cendol sold by roadside hawker stalls? Do you always buy mixed rice for lunch from the makeshift stalls outside your office building? If yes, then you won’t be able to do so much longer. According to Berita Harian, the Malaysian government wants to get rid of all food stalls along roadsides in Kuala Lumpur by 2020.
The Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Mansor reveals that the all hawkers will be moved to another location or will need to operate from food trucks. In addition to that, the ministry will also ensure that all traders cook elsewhere before selling them at the premises provided.
“At this point of time, there are thousands of roadside hawkers within the Federal Territory and this new proposal will also affect hawkers selling banana fritters or nasi lemak. We will upgrade these street hawkers to a different system aside from providing a dedicated business premise for them,” said Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan.
In order to help the traders, the government will provide assistance to ensure smooth transition, including allocating RM10, 000 worth of grant for the traders provided by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL).
For many years, these hawker stalls have been causing horrible traffic jams as people tend to park along the road to make their ‘quick’ purchase. Besides that, the cleanliness and hygiene of the food are also highly questionable. Therefore, moving these sellers to a proper retail space can potentially reduce traffic congestion and decrease health risks.
Although most vendors will be reluctant to this change as it can affect their business, moving to a proper premise should be done for the benefit of public. However, these newly allocated spaces should be easy to access with ample of parking spots available as Malaysians constantly look for convenience. So if they find it difficult to get to the stalls, they will most likely not buy the food and this will impact the vendors.