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Friday, 13 October 2017 | MYT 12:00 AM

Market traders continue objection against Taman Muda project

AMPANG Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) has confirmed that the development project on Lot Pt 15215 along Jalan Bunga Tanjung 8B, Taman Muda, is being done in accordance to the MPAJ Local Draft Plan 2020.

According to a statement by the council, the land was privately owned by Newday Frontier Sdn Bhd and the single-storey commercial project was in line with the land purpose, which is “commercial and services”.

“Developed by Star Club 28 Sdn Bhd, it will include a gymnasium, sports products exhibits, sports and shoe boutique, family entertainment hub and food court on the 0.57ha land.

“The application was approved on June 6 but the developer will need to adhere to several conditions, such as submitting a Traffic Impact Assessment, show there is ample parking lots and disabled-friendly facilities as well as their plans to upgrade Jalan Bunga Tanjung 8A,” the statement said.

Despite the project being approved, Taman Muda morning market traders stood firm in their objection as they feared the traders would have no place to go should the Selangor government decide to relocate them.

Now operating at a temporary market along Jalan Bunga Tanjung 9, the traders were worried that they would have to be relocated to another place if the development project went through.

Construction workers have already started work at the site.
Construction workers have already started work at the site.

Taman Muda Selangor Hawkers and Traders Association chairman Chow Chee Keen said the association had repeatedly objected previous plans to develop the land other than a market.

“In January this year, we realised construction works had begun at the site, so, we complained to the area councillor Edmund Woon and we managed to stop it.

“We became worried when excavators entered the site for construction work last month.

“After finding out about the project, we quickly called for a press conference last Monday and it was attended by Teratai assemblyman Tiew Wey Keng and Pandan MCA chief Datuk Leong Kok Wee,” he said during a press conference called by Leong at a coffeeshop opposite the site.

“There are about 500 stalls in the market and without the land for market, the traders will be affected,” said Chow.

Leong said he would still submit an objection letter to MPAJ on the issue.

“If MPAJ does not stop the project, we will bring the matter to state level.

“Although a notice board is placed at the site, it does not have any information on the objection period, so how will nearby stakeholders and businesses know when they can object?” he said.

He added that there was no need for another family entertainment hub in Taman Muda.

“According to a report in a Chinese daily on April 2, there are 158 approved family entertainment centres in Selangor last year and 67 of them came from MPAJ.

Also present were Teratai Gerakan Public Complaints Bureau chief Ben Liew and Pandan Wanita MCA chief Datin Leong Siew Kam.