NUISANCE: Hawkers set up stalls right into the back area of several houses at Jalan Dutamas Raya. — Pic: ASHRAF SHAMSUL AZLAN
Demand a City Hall response to relocate them
Segambut residents are unhappy with the presence of illegal hawkers along Jalan Dutamas Raya and are demanding that City Hall relocates them. “The illegal hawkers have been a nightmare for us for the past three years," said Menara Duta Residents Association chairman, Andrew Goh. "We have had to put up with their uncleanliness and noise pollution.” He was puzzled to note that a stall was even established within the TNB substation while other hawkers indiscriminately set up stalls right into the back roads of several houses. Another resident, Wee Ping Goh, wonders why the hawkers are allowed to place tables on the road at night. “There have also been several accidents along the stretch as motorists passing through have to put up with indiscriminate parking by the patrons.” Another resident, who declined to be identified, claimed City Hall had torn down the stalls last year. But due to lack of follow up enforcement, the hawkers resumed operations in January.
“I have been receiving complaints from the residents for the past three years and asked City Hall to resolve this issue several times," said Segambut MP Lim Lip Eng, adding that the business activities at Jalan Dutamas Raya originally started with only one foodstall. "I welcome any swift response from the local authority to relocate the hawkers,” he said.A spokesperson for the City Hall Petty Traders Development and Management Department confirmed they have taken necessary measures in the past. “We are in the midst of taking the necessary action to move the hawkers to a suitable location in Segambut or somewhere near to Jalan Dutamas Raya.”