People shopping for trinkets and food at a Deepavali bazaar last year. Traders' associations and NGOs have been told to be fair in their allocation of lots to Deepavali bazaar traders this year. - filepic People shopping for trinkets and food at a Deepavali bazaar last year. Traders' associations and NGOs have been told to be fair in their allocation of lots to Deepavali bazaar traders this year. - filepic
TRADERS' associations and non-governmental organisation (NGO) have been given the mandate to run Deepavali bazaars in the city from Oct 10 to Nov 9.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has allocated eight areas in Kuala Lumpur for the bazaars, which will be managed by interested parties including the Kuala Lumpur and Petaling Jaya Indian Petty Traders Association.
Licensing and Petty Traders Management Department director Ibrahim Yusof said there would be no balloting session this year.
"We will leave it to the associations and NGOs to allocate the lots.
"We hope the NGOs do not abuse the privilege of allowing them to run the bazaars.
"We also hope that they do not abuse their power when allocating lots to deserving candidates.
"If we receive any complaints of mismanagement from traders or the public, we will take stern action," he said.
Deepavali bazaars will be located at Lorong Tunku Abdul Rahman, Jalan Masjid India, Jalan Chan Ah Tong and Taman Sentosa in Jalan Kelang Lama.
About 500 lots will be provided.
Shopowners in Brickfields, Leboh Ampang, Jalan Ipoh and Sentul will be allowed to carry out promotions outside their shoplots for a fee.
Last year, was the first time the Brickfields Deepavali bazaar traditionally held along Jalan Tun Sambanthan was relocated to Taman Sentosa.
Deputy Federal Territories Minister Datuk Loga Bala Mohan said that it was no longer conducive to have Deepavali bazaars in Brickfields.
"Traffic, development in the surrounding areas as well as permanent shopowners operating there would be affected so it would not be fair to them," he said.