THE Ramadan bazaar at SS6/1 Kelana Jaya has 250 lots, making it the bazaar with the most number of stalls. In second place, is the bazaar at Vista Business Centre in Damansara Damai, with 166 stalls, while Taman Medan in PJS comes in third with 160 stalls.
The Seksyen 17/1A and Section 4, Kota Damansara bazaars have 100 stalls each.
The smallest would be the one at Seksyen 8, Sg Jernih, with 10 stalls.
Petaling Jaya deputy mayor Johary Anuar said MBPJ received 1,128 applications for the 1,551 trading lots available at 20 Ramadan bazaar locations this year.
“The most popular Ramadan bazaar locations this year are Kelana Jaya, Section 4 in Kota Damansara, and Vista Business Centre in Damansara Damai,” he said.
“The trading lots that were not taken up were at less-populated locations such as PJ Old Town.”
This is the first year MBPJ introduced an online-only platform for Ramadan bazaar permit applications. It will be made permanent for subsequent years.
“We made announcements through MBPJ’s website, Facebook page and LED advertising boards on the online application method. Licensing Department staff were also stationed at MBPJ counters to conduct tutorials for traders.
“Traders were given one-month notice to submit their Ramadan bazaar permit applications so there was sufficient time to create awareness on the online application method,” he said.
He added that the city council would continue ensuring that no plastic bags and polystyrene packaging were used at all bazaars.
Johary was speaking at MBPJ’s annual aid presentation to urban poor families and dates to 2,405 MBPJ staff in conjunction with the fasting month.
Some 80 senior citizens living in PPR Kota Damansara, PPR Lembah Subang, Desa Mentari, Taman Medan and Taman Dato Harun each received RM300 cash and a piece of kain pelikat or kain batik (sarong).
“The aid presentation is part of MBPJ’s social service contribution to the local community, and to help the underprivileged with their Ramadan preparations,” said Johary.
In Subang Jaya, there will be a reduced number of 15 Ramadan bazaars compared to last year’s 24 under Subang Jaya Municipal Council’s (MPSJ) jurisdiction.
The bazaars begin from today until June 15.
Six of the bazaars are in Subang Jaya town – behind Gerai Majlis USJ 7, Jalan USJ 4/5, USJ 1 (Pangsapuri Angsana), Jalan Pinggiran USJ 1/1, next to Tapak Pasar Malam Laman Batu 3, and in front of Sri Mutiara flats in Putra Heights.
Two more are in Kinrara at Jalan BK5A/1 in Bandar Kinrara Seksyen 5, and Taman Kinrara Seksyen 4 (next to Taman Mawar).
In Puchong, there are four – Jalan Perdana 2 in Taman Puchong Perdana; Jalan Prima 5/4 and Jalan Prima 5/6 in Taman Puchong Prima; Jalan Wawasan 2/22 in Taman Wawasan, Pusat Bandar Puchong; and Jalan PU 7/1 in Puchong Utama.
In Serdang and Seri Kembangan, three locations have been identified for the bazaars – Jalan 18/35 in Taman Seri Serdang, Jalan PP 1B in Taman Equine, and Jalan PUJ 3/2 in Puncak Jalil.
In 2014, MPSJ introduced its “Say No to Polystyrene” campaign at Ramadan bazaars and became the first council in the state to enforce the ban in 2016.
As in previous years, the council will continue its green efforts, one of it being its programme to award exemplary Ramadan bazaar hawkers. This year, eight will be chosen.
Meanwhile, in Shah Alam, the city council is living up to its green initiatives by providing a centre to collect used oil at large Ramadan bazaars in its jurisdiction.
Aimed at reducing the amount of cooking oil that pollutes drains, the collection centres in Sections 17, 19 and 20 will see traders disposing of their used oil for the day.
Shah Alam City Council (MBSA) corporate communications head Shahrin Ahmad said it wanted to ensure that traders disposed of each day’s used cooking oil properly and minimised illegal dumping and garbage disposal at the bazaars.
“We want to ensure the place is clean and the environment is conducive for food and beverage handling.
“We will also check on the appearance of the traders to make sure that they are following our standard operating procedures, including wearing an apron and cap, maintaining short nails, and wearing proper footwear,” he added.
The instructions were given out during a special briefing by the council headed by mayor Datuk Ahmad Zaharin Mohd Saad, which also saw speakers from Integrity Institute of Malaysia (IIM), KPJ Specialist Hospital as well as freelance speaker Khusaini Sirat.
Shahrin said the Green Ramadan Bazaar campaign to promote the use of sustainable food packaging instead of polystyrene would also continue.
This year, MBSA will see 33 bazaars with 1,971 permits scattered around the city, focusing on densely populated areas that include Sections 6, 7, 8,16,17, 18,19, 20, 24, 25, 27, 28, 31,32, 33, 35, U2, U3, U5, U8, U10, U13, U19 and U20.
In keeping up with times, the council also opened up online applications via its e-Bazar service, from March 19 to 30.
In Ampang Jaya, stalls can only operate from 5pm to 7.30pm as most of the bazaars are located at parking lots.
Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) press relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said 1,501 lots were available at 23 locations in the municipality.
“Since 2017, we have used a balloting method to give all applicants a fair chance and there has been no issues,” she said.
She added that traders would still need to comply with the state government’s ban on non-biodegradable plastic bags and polystyrene food containers.
“If found to be using these banned materials, immediate action will be taken, including confiscation,” she said.
Norhayati added that this would extend to cleanliness and food hygiene, traffic control and employing foreign traders.
The biggest bazaars in Ampang Jaya are in Taman Melawati with 260 lots, followed by the one at the Padang Perbandaran MPAJ with 190 lots.
In Kuala Lumpur, more than 4,000 trading lots have been allocated at Ramadan bazaars.
It was distributed through a balloting process in April.
However, the number of takers for the lots were not revealed at press time.
Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) will also launch its Ramadan Bazaar Food Safety campaign at the Taman Tasik Permaisuri parking lot bazaar today.