Jalan Masjid India to host last festive bazaar this Deepavali

Jalan Masjid India has always been a popular location for festive bazaars. (Bernama pic)

KUALA LUMPUR: This year’s Deepavali bazaar, which commences in the first week of October, will be the last to be held in Jalan Masjid India.

Federal Territories Minister Khalid Samad said the Kuala Lumpur City Hall (DBKL) has decided to allow traders to set up stalls in Jalan Masjid India for the Deepavali bazaar as there was insufficient time to find a new location.

“Many traders pleaded with us to allow them to set up stalls for the Deepavali bazaar in Jalan Masjid India as they can’t relocate in time.

“We understand this and have decided to allow the bazaar to be held for the last time in the location. After this, they will be relocated to a new area.

“We will announce the new area once we have identified it,” Khalid said at the DBKL headquarters.

He said stringent rules would be implemented for the Deepavali bazaar including not allowing middlemen to apply for licences.

“Traders are advised to go directly to DBKL to apply for their licences and not go through a middleman, including heads of associations.

“No more outsourcing to association heads as done previously, where the association head applies for these licences on behalf of traders.

“We don’t want a situation where the association heads obtained the licences at cheaper prices and rent them out to traders for a higher price,” he said.

Khalid warned that if any applicant was found to be monopolising the bazaar plots, they would be blacklisted immediately and their licences would be cancelled.

It was previously reported that certain groups, including those with political influence, were monopolising the bazaar lots.

As a result, they charged traders a high price to obtain the licences from them.