New traders should seek advice before venture

It would be best to consult with the association on which area is suitable and could bring them profit, says president


NEW traders should seek advice from other industry players on where to best carry out their trade, before embarking on their businesses.

Federal Territory (FT) Bumiputera Petty Traders Association president Datuk Seri Rosli Sulaiman said for those who are new to businesses, it would be best to consult with the association on which area is suitable and could bring them profit.

“We want to suggest this to the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), so that when small traders come to the association, we can advise them based on DBKL’s guidelines and suggestions,” he told The Malaysian Reserve recently.

Recently, FT Minister Tan Sri Annuar Musa (picture) announced KL as a free trading area.

“From Nov 15 until April 15, just before Ramadhan, I declare all FTs as ‘free trade areas’.

“Everyone can do business, as long as they follow the written guidelines that will be released by all three FT authorities,” he was reported as saying.

He added that traders must apply for a free temporary business permit which is valid for six months via the DBKL website, and that the application is for the city hall’s information and data record.

Applicants will get the permit automatically and will be monitored by DBKL.

Rosli agreed with the minister’s view as it showed that the latter’s concern about the hawker community, as well as the urban community who have lost their source of income.

“As the parent association, we have no problem with it and we will not hinder or protest the move,” he said.

According to Annuar, although new traders can conduct their business at any suitable site, it is subject to the terms that have been agreed by DBKL.

In a recent joint statement, several KL MPs welcomed the minister’s business-friendly approach by providing trading opportunities to those in need, especially in the current trying times.

They said Annuar must ensure that this new policy is not abused and does not further contribute to the perennial problems of cleanliness and congestion in the city.

“Safety must also be a paramount consideration in the implementation of this policy,” they said.

The MPs were Tan Kok Wai (Cheras), Fong Kui Lun (Bukit Bintang), Teresa Kok (Seputeh), Dr Tan Yee Kew (Wangsa Maju), Lim Lip Eng (Kepong), Ahmad Fahmi Mohamed Fadzil (Lembah Pantai), Nik Nazmi Nik Ahmad (Setiawangsa), P Prabakaran (Batu) and Hannah Yeoh (Segambut).

They pointed out that the pandemic has forced the closure of more than 30,000 small and medium enterprises nationwide and that for the minister to be business-friendly, he should streamline licence applications not just for hawkers, but other businesses.

They also revealed that Annuar has yet to call for a meeting with all of them for the planning and spending of DBKL 2021 budget which will have a major impact on the welfare and wellbeing of KL folks.

Bernama reported that the Malaysian Islamic Economic Development Foundation (YaPEIM) suggested for the free trading area initiative to be implemented in all states.

YaPEIM chairman Datuk Mohd Redza Shah Abdul Wahid said the initiative is a good opportunity for residents of the FTs of KL, Putrajaya and Labuan to open stalls or businesses on a small scale and take advantage of the permission given as best as possible.

“Such implementation should be applied in all states in Malaysia, as long as it complies with the standard operating procedures and ensures cleanliness,” he said in a statement on Saturday.

Read our earlier report here