"Kalau nak tengok sampah, tikus berlari di hujung kaki, lipas memanjat sampai kepala, bau hancing dan hapak... kat sinilah tempatnya. Cantik memanglah cantik tapi DBKL cuma tahu kutip duit daripada peniaga..."
It's in Lorong Tuanku Abdul Rahman, Kuala Lumpur. Every Ramadan, DBKL will issue license to about 500-700 small traders (mostly Malays) to grab opportunities during the 'bulan rezeki'. They make money, alrite.
About two months before Ramadan, DBKL will invite those interested to Tasik Titiwangsa. They were given forms to fill up and deposit to place. A month later, once again they will have to 'cabut undi'.
The lucky ones would walk home while those who are not have an option - to offer anyone who gets the bazaar lot an attractive sum of money for a 'sell-off'. The quantum depends on the location of the lots. Its always between RM10,000 to RM30,000.
We should laud DBKL for opening up such opportunities to traders, especially retailers. Every year, Ramadan Bazaar in Jalan TAR attracts about one million people -including foreign tourists - in a month. We are proud of it.
However, after observing the trend for more than 20 years now, I notice DBKL is not up to expectation. Maybe the administration, including the Datuk Bandar himself is not aware that traders and customers alike are 'being encouraged' to 'berak and kencing' anywhere they like.
Why? No makeshift toilets are installed. I began to agree with the public's opinion that DBKL only knows how to make money but fails to look into the importance of such an necessity in a lucrative place like Jalan TAR.
Those who need to 'pay homage' will have to go to the few budget hotels... or ease themselves behind the tents or drains. And the smell along Lorong TAR is.... SKUNK!
I think the minister in-charge, the Datuk Bandar and DBKL staff will have to pee anywhere if they come to Lorong TAR. I believe its okay... sudah biasa!