DAP MP wants middleman system axed after Ramadan bazaar mess

Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun speaks to reporters after lodging a police report over the Ramadan bazaar incident.

KUALA LUMPUR: Bukit Bintang MP Fong Kui Lun today proposed that the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) do away with the middleman system in awarding stalls to traders, amid controversy over the allocation of Ramadan bazaar stalls at Jalan Masjid India.

“Let them (the traders) apply for the stalls directly. That way, they do not have to go through a third person, and they can get the stalls directly,” he said after lodging a police report at the Dang Wangi district police headquarters.

Fong, who is a five-term MP, wants the police to investigate claims of “middlemen” taking money from traders. He said he would be lodging another report with the Malaysian Anti-Corruption Commission (MACC) tomorrow.

The DAP lawmaker’s name was allegedly used by PPBM Youth member Mohd Noorhisyam Abd Karim to obtain support for approval by DBKL for Ramadan bazaar trading lots to be set up in the Masjid India area.

Noorhisyam was accused of misusing his political connections to secure 80 lots, and renting them out for as high as RM5,000 per lot.

PPBM Youth leaders have since lodged reports with MACC over the alleged abuse of political power.

Noorhisyam also lodged a police report yesterday, demanding police investigations to clear his name.

Fong said the PPBM man had met with him and told him that he had not taken any money from the traders.

“He told me that he did not take any money from the traders, and he let them operate their businesses for free without wanting them to pay RM6,238 stall fees,” he said.

Fong added that he would continue issuing letters of support to those who came to him for help, despite the fact that his letter for the Ramadan bazaar stalls was allegedly abused.

“I have been issuing support letters to single mothers who want to apply for welfare department aid.

“This is my job as the people’s representative. Who else can they turn to as we do not have state assemblymen or councillors to do the job?”

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