By BORNEOTODAY REPORTERS
KUCHING: Vegetable and fruit hawkers around Hui Sing Commercial Centre are requesting the Kuching South City Hall (MBKS) to allow them to sell their goods and produce at the shaded area of the Hawker Food Centre in the mornings.
All they are asking is for a decent place to earn an honest living as well as provide the residents and people nearby a convenient place to shop for their vegetables and fruits.
These hawkers have been selling their goods and produce along the carpark at the commercial centre, but it is not the best of locations, as there are mainly safety issues to be considered.
“Recently MBKS enforcement officers has been making their rounds as well as requesting them to move to a more suitable place to do their trading,” said Dr Kelvin Yii, Special Assistant to Chong Chieng Jen, the Kuching Member of Parliament.
Yii said he went to the ground recently to speak to the hawkers as well as a few of the shopkeepers around the area to better understand the issue, and he agreed they require a better location for safety purposes.
“It is also important that they should be provided with a more suitable place so that they can also earn an extra income to deal with the ever-increasing cost of living,” he said in a statement.
“I would suggest that MBKS will allow them to use the Hui Sing Food Hawker Centre shaded area in the morning. This will then better utilise the facility provided there since the food stalls only open in the late afternoon to prepare for their service at night.
“That way, the hawkers will not take up public parking space or cause any safety concerns, as well as enjoy the roof and shade facility of the hawker centre. This is both beneficial to the traders, as well as residents who may choose to come to that area to buy food products especially if it rains.”
Yii said he had written a letter to MBKS to request the permission to use the area as well as negotiate any terms and conditions necessary for the usage of the place. They understood the need for safety as well as cleanliness and hygiene in the area their sell their goods.