Please Save Us : A desperate plea from 7 Little India Traders
We have been unfairly robbed off our place of business after decades of operating in the same location, some of us having been there for over 40 years. This location was also specifically allocated to us and was upgraded with an observation deck for the purpose of allowing us to operate our businesses during the upgrading and beautification of Little India project back in 2009.
Despite this, City Hall (DBKL) Officers confiscated our stalls and possessions inside the stalls with no notice at 3 AM on September 17th. This date happens to coincide with the peak business month just before the Deepavali festivities, depriving us of a profitable business just before a festival celebrated by five of the seven of us. When prompted, the reason that was given to us regarding this relocation is that DBKL has plans to turn the place into a mini garden and that the order was issued by the Prime Minister's Department. Our representative has yet to see this letter despite numerous requests made to DBKL.
We have been asked to move to Kompleks Tun Sambanthan to continue operating our businesses but this isn't a viable option because of the lack of patrons to the place. All 7 of us are senior citizens above the age of 50 and we have worked for decades to build up our businesses at this location. We do not have the time, strength or financial freedom to develop our business once again at this new location.
Our request is a simple one, we want what is rightfully ours to be returned back to us so we can make a honest living The reason given to us for our relocation was that there were plans by DBKL to turn the place into a mini garden and that the order was given by the Prime Minister's Department.