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Pekan Rabu Traders Refuse To Move To Temporary Recolation Site

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ALOR SETAR – Some 207 traders of the Pekan Rabu complex here refused to shift to temporary business premises at the Ukir mall after the notice period to evacuate the complex ended today.

Acting chairman of members and traders of Pekan Rabu, Norasany Hussein claimed they refused to shift because Koperasi Pekan Rabu Alor Setar Berhad did not fulfill certain criterias pertaining to the temporary business sites.

He claimed among the problems faced by the traders, if they were to operate at the temporary site, were an unstrategic location, allocation of narrow spaces, and a lack of car parking facilities for customers.

“We all stand not to move until some of the problems raised are resolved by the parties responsible,” he told reporters when met here, today.

He said that of the 265 traders who ran various businesses in Pekan Rabu, only 58 dealers had moved to Ukir mall, located about one kilometre from Pekan Rabu, while another 207 took the decision not to move.

An inspection by Bernama found there were traders who still ran their business in the dark after the electricity supply at Pekan Rabu complex was cut by Tenaga Nasional Berhad (TNB) at around 11.40am, earlier.

Meanwhile Koperasi Pekan Rabu Berhad chairman, Lieutenant Colonel (B) Lutfi Ahmad Ghazi said discussions with the cooperative members was held prior to this while notices and orders to evacuate were given to them since last August to October.

Kota Setar District public order and traffic chief DSP Mat Akhir Jaafar said 60 policemen were deployed to control traffic and maintain public order.

“We will station police officers in the area to control the security at Pekan Rabu and it has so far remained under control with no undesirable incidents occuring,” he said.

The construction of the new Pekan Rabu building will begin following the  submission of the building site to the developer on December 8 and is expected to be completed in 2016 at a cost of RM55.58 million.

The complex facilitates some 277 traders who run various businesses, including food stuff and clothing, besides other local handicraft items as well as small and medium enterprises (SMEs) prodcuts. – BERNAMA

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