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Malaysia plans to get street hawkers into food trucks by 2020

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian street vendors will be encouraged to operate from food trucks by 2020 as part of the government’s plans to upgrade their status, Bernama reported.

Malaysia plans to get street hawkers into food trucks by 2020

A street hawker in Penang. The Malaysian Insider file photo

KUALA LUMPUR — Malaysian street vendors will be encouraged to operate from food trucks by 2020 as part of the government’s plans to upgrade their status, Bernama reported.

Federal Territories Minister Tengku Adnan Tengku Mansor said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall would take the lead in the implementation of the plan.

He said food trucks were seen as being more efficient, clean and able to provide easy mobility to the hawkers.

“So far, City Hall has identified 50 hawkers who are interested in upgrading their businesses to this food truck concept and we will provide each of them a grant of RM10,000 (S$3,334.77) to help them expand their businesses,” he said in reply to Mr Khalid Ibrahim (Independent-Bandar Tun Razak) in parliament in Kuala Lumpur today (Nov 25).

Mr Khalid had wanted to know the number of Malaysian hawkers who were operating without licences in the city and the plans to upgrade the facilities for them, including infrastructure, tools and equipment, financial assistance, training, business permits and other licences.

Mr Tengku Adnan, who is also the MP for Putrajaya, said City Hall had so far identified 3,000 unlicensed traders around Kuala Lumpur and studies were being carried to determine suitable locations before permits could be issued to them.

Replying to a supplementary question from Ms Normala Abdul Samad (BN-Pasir Gudang) on licences “sold” to foreigners, Mr Tengku Adnan said the licences of traders caught selling, renting or leasing them to foreigners would be revoked.

“I have issued a directive that the hawker licences issued are strictly meant for the locals to operate their businesses.

“We have monitored several places in Petaling Street, Jalan Alor and wholesale markets and found that this is a common problem, but we have warned them that their licences would be revoked if they are caught again,” he said. THE MALAYSIAN INSIDER

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