January 3, 2012 New Straits Times By HALIM SAID
KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA
IT was not a time for rejoicing at the Taman Tun Dr Ismail (TTDI) market on new year’s eve as traders held a rally to protest against City Hall’s plans to demolish the market.
The demolition is to pave the way for a luxury condominium development project.
The rally was attended by more than 200 traders after they learned that City Hall was selling the land to a private developer for an estimated RM60 million.
Though there was a large crowd of protestors at the market entrance, there were no incidents as the police disbanded the rally in less than an hour.
TTDI market small traders welfare association chairman Jenny Loo said the traders were not given any choice but to resort to the protest, since attempts to sit down with City Hall officials had been unsuccessful.
“We have sent letters since early last month to City Hall requesting for a meeting with the mayor, but were disappointed because it (City Hall) did not respond to our request,” she said.
Loo added that the letters were sent personally by her and her action committee to the office of the Kuala Lumpur mayor, Tan Sri Ahmad Fuad Ismail, and the Federal Territory and Urban Wellbeing Minister, Datuk Raja Nong Chik Raja Zainal Abidin.
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