The Ampang Jaya Municipal Council says this plot of land in Taman Muda is privately owned and not gazetted for a wet market. PIC BY YAZIT RAZALI

AMPANG JAYA:  Traders at the Taman Muda wet market here are appealing to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council (MPAJ) to stop the development of an entertainment complex on land gazetted for a new wet market.

They said they had appealed to the local authority through the Hawkers and Small Traders Association but to no avail.

Association president Chow Chee Keen said: “According to the Ampang Jaya Municipal Council’s 2012 plan, the land is supposed to be  for a new wet market.

“The entertainment complex is unnecessary. I don’t know why they approved it.

“It would not benefit people here. It would only contribute to social problems among youngsters,” he told Actionline.

Pandan MCA chief Datuk Leong Kok Wee said he had gone to the area to have a look after receiving complaints from traders at the wet market.

“I was informed that the land is supposed to be for the development of a new wet market, which was promised by the local council.”

He said work on the entertainment complex had been halted after the traders lodged a complaint with the council, but construction work soon resumed.

“They want to know why the local authority approved the project,” said Leong, adding that they had submitted a  complaint and objection letter to the council.

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Ampang Jaya Municipal Council public relations officer Norhayati Ahmad said: “We have received the letter but we cannot do anything because the land has belonged to a private landowner since 1980. 

“That plot of land was never gazetted for a market.”

“We advise the public to refer to MPAJ for clarification on the land ownership,” she said. 

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