The Straits Times
Published on Sep 28, 2012

Thieves' Market vendors worry that they may be forced to close


Vendors, worried that the days of the Sungei Road Thieves' Market could be numbered, have formed an association to protect their interests.

The Association for the Recycling of Second Hand Goods, set up in April, has about 40 members now.

The flea market - home to vendors who sell used items from laptops and shoes to vinyl records - has reportedly been around since the 1930s. But the space it occupied was halved in July last year to accommodate the building of the Jalan Besar MRT station of the Downtown Line. It is slated to open in 2017.

The Land Transport Authority allows Larut Road and Pitt Street to be closed from 1pm to 7pm daily for about 300 vendors to peddle their wares. However, many do not clear out until 9pm.