Petaling Street to become food paradise, zero foreign workers

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night market Food paradise street food The Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur is deserted following the Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented in Malaysia to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 APRIL 2020
The Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur is deserted following the Movement Control Order (MCO) implemented in Malaysia to curb the spread of Covid-19 in the country. PIX: IQBAL BASRI / MalaysiaGazette / 16 APRIL 2020

KUALA LUMPUR – The bustling Petaling Street in Kuala Lumpur which was once a tourist attraction centre prior to the Covid-19 pandemic has been given a new facelift as the food paradise.

A different image from the Petaling Street once dominated by foreign workers, the street now offers new experience where the stalls are no longer being mended by foreign cooks.

The Chairman of Kuala Lumpur Hawkers and Petty Traders Association, Datuk Ang Say Tee said, due to the outbreak, the historical street has lost its foreign tourists and the traders have also lost their income.

“We introduce the night market concept so that the traders who used to sell other goods and now sell special food.

“This concept is taken after studying the night market and snacks culture in Taiwan,” he told Oriental Daily.

He said, the facelift of Petaling Street at night is aimed to provide income opportunities to traders, besides creating a food destination for domestic travellers.

He said, the hawkers association will use two weeks to evaluate the concept of Food Street which will operate from 3.00 pm until 9.00 pm.

“If it is well accepted, we will extend the operating hours up to 12 midnight,” he said.

A total of 25 traders have joined the transformation programme. Nevertheless, the association is targeting 60 stalls in the future. –MalaysiaGazette

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