Errant night time vendors still operate during the day

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BANDAR SERI BEGAWAN

A NUMBER of Gadong night market vendors are still violating the Municipal Department’s regulation by operating earlier than the stipulated time, an official from the department said.

Speaking to The Brunei Times yesterday, an officer from the department who wished to remain anonymous, said that night market vendors violating the regulated time for business operations has been a recurring problem.

“These vendors’ excuse is that they want to catch customers during the peak hour (after work) which is why they start operating earlier than they should be.”

According to regulations, night market vendors should only be operating after 5pm and not anytime sooner, said the official.

He added that most of the vendors persist to start their business earlier than the stated time, sometimes as early as 12pm.

The official went on to say that the department normally gives warning letters to vendors found violating this rule.

“After three warning letters, and if they are still committing the offence, then we will close their stalls or revoke their (business) license,” the officer said.

The persistence of these vendors in operating before the stated time also affects business of vendors at the Gadong wet market which operate during the day until 6.30pm.

Speaking to The Brunei Times, majority vendors on the first floor of the wet market expressed their dissatisfaction as they claimed that business have slowed since Pasar Malam was established with night vendors violating allocated business hours.

“I don’t mean to disturb anyone’s livelihood... but these (night) vendors should follow the rules because what they are doing is affecting our income here,” said Norasikin, a vegetable vendor at the wet market.

Operating her vegetable business at the market for nearly 30 years, she noted that business operations of night market’s vendors clash with theirs and some are also selling same products such as vegetables and fruits.

Another vendor, Rosnah, said it is hard for her to break even on a daily basis as fewer customers are visiting the wet market.

“Customers usually flock to the night market because it is a one-stop shopping there, they have food, clothes and other stuff,” said the 49-year-old, adding that their location on the first floor might also be less convenient for customers.

The Brunei Times