The Malaysian authorities want to clear all food stalls by the roadside in Wilayah Persekutuan (Federal Territories) by 2020
On Sunday, 17 September, Berita Harian reported Federal Territories Minister Datuk Seri Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor as saying that all roadside traders will be moved elsewhere or will need to operate from food trucks by 2020.
The ministry will also ensure that no traders will cook by the roadside. Instead, these vendors would have to prepare and cook the food elsewhere before selling them at the premises provided.
"There are thousands of roadside traders in Wilayah Persekutuan. This proposal will involve hawkers that sell pisang goreng or nasi lemak by the roadside, who will be moved."
Tengku Adnan explained that it is the ministry's plan to upgrade the status of these roadside traders into becoming food truck vendors.
He noted that most traders have been operating with a license but the new system will allow them to operate at premises by provided the ministry, to help them with their businesses.
The Putrajaya MP added that the government will provide assistance to ensure that the transition will be a smooth process, including allocating traders with a grant worth RM10,000 provided by the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL), Harian Metro reported.
However, the proposal to clean-up the streets of Wilayah Persekutuan is actually not new
Tengku Adnan has been talking about plans to help street vendors to improve their businesses by operating from food trucks, which is said to be more efficient, clean, and able to provide easy mobility to the traders.
Back in 2015, he mooted the idea in the Parliament and the issue was widely reported by the media.
He was responding to a question by Tan Sri Khalid Ibrahim, who queried about the government's plans for hawkers operating without license in the city and if there were any efforts to upgrade the facilities for them.
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