SS2 durian traders face thorny problem

Operators are complaining that the new location in Section 19 is too small and that customers are unaware of its existence. — Picture by Azneal Ishak
Operators are complaining that the new location in Section 19 is too small and that customers are unaware of its existence. — Picture by Azneal Ishak

PETALING JAYA, May 30 — If you are looking for the famous durian stalls of SS2, they have moved to Section 19.

The Petaling Jaya City Council decided to move them on grounds that SS2 is congested.

The move has not gone down well with traders and durian lovers who are complaining that the new stalls are too small and that Section 19 is secluded.

Traders are also upset that council officers came suddenly on Thursday and told them to move immediately or have their stalls demolished.

Malay Mail found the stalls at SS2 closed yesterday with workers cleaning the premises besides directing customers to Section 19.

Cynthia Teh, who runs Donald’s Durian, said the stalls moved to SS2 about 10 years ago and had been doing brisk business.

She said she moved her stall to Section 19 for a week last year on the council’s instruction but returned to SS2 as the new stalls were unsuitable.

“’Business was very bad and I returned to SS2,” she added.

She said the stalls in Section 19 were tiny compared to those in SS2.

“At SS2, we can serve a hundred customers. Here we can sit only a handful,’’ she added.

Teh said security was another concern as the area had sparse traffic at night.

She said appeals to the council to reconsider the decision to move had fallen on deaf ears.

A customer, who wanted only to be known as Lim, preferred the stalls at SS2 as they were larger and more comfortable.

“I went to SS2 before coming here and was told by workers that the stalls had moved to Section 19. It’s so small here,” she added.

Another customer, who wanted to be identified as Tan, hoped the stalls would be relocated back to SS2.

Council public relations officer Zainun Zakaria said the stalls were moved to ease congestion in SS2.

“The stalls were ünsuitable for that area. At Section 19, we are also providing them water and electricity,” she said.

On complaints that the stalls were small, she said they were meant to be small.

“They are supposed to be stalls, not shops. If they want to cater to more people, then they can open durian shops of their own,” she said.