TTDI market traders keep up the pressure | Selangor Times
Issue 118


TTDI market traders keep up the pressure
Writer: Basil Foo
Published: Fri, 13 Jan 2012

PETALING JAYA: A U-turn by authorities who now say the Taman Tun Dr Ismail  (TTDI) market will not be demolished is being met with scepticism by traders.

“They say that they won’t touch the market, but we don’t know how firm a decision that is,” said TTDI market traders association chairperson Jenny Loo.

On Jan 4, Federal Territories and Urban Wellbeing Minister Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin told Loo and the traders the market would be retained at its original site.

It will, however, be incorporated into the redevelopment of the area.

It was revealed that City Hall has received a proposal from a developer to redevelop the market land, but no decision to demolish the market has been made.

Raja Nong Chik said reviewing the proposal might take up to a year, but affected stakeholders like the traders will be consulted.

Meanwhile, traders who have been mounting a signature campaign against initial plans by the Kuala Lumpur City Council (DBKL) to demolish  the 25-year-old market are vowing to carry on.

They have collected 7,000 signatures and will continue the campaign for another 30 days.

“We hope to reach 10,000 signatures by next month. We are still collecting signatures from surrounding residents’ associations,” said Loo.

About 100 traders and residents protested outside the market on New Year’s Eve.

Traders fear the about-turn was made with the coming general election in mind with the decision likely to be overturned once the elections are over.

Loo said while they were not against development, the people’s interests should be taken care of as the market serves many resident in the area.

“The developer who wants to build here is unreasonable. Why touch this land? People still need this market. That’s why the resentment is so strong,” she said.


 Selangor Times



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