Suara.com – Secretary of Commission B DPRD Wa Ode Herlina expressed her concern about the condition of the Tanah Abang Market which is now quiet because it is less competitive with e-commerce.
He admitted that he often received complaints from traders.
“When I buy a red headscarf, I go to Tanah Abang. I often chat with friends there and now they say there are very few people who come to shop directly,” he told reporters, Monday (18/9/2023).
Furthermore, Wa Ode hopes to be able to create regulations so that sales at Tanah Abang Market do not decline due to being less competitive with e-commerce.
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“If possible, this is really a fence, that’s our policy. We have to protect local MSMEs, how to make them exist. Maybe Mrs. Sri would know better,” said Wa Ode.
Wa Ode also touched on Tiktok Shop, social media cum e-commerce which is currently popular for shopping.
Then, he said that this application from China was often cited by traders as the cause of the quiet market.
“They said, ‘Mom, it’s really difficult now, you know, since there was a TikTok Shop’. Used imported goods are also extraordinary. Please have a proper fence, Mrs. Sri,” he said.
Condition of shops at Tanah Abang Market, Central Newsdelivers.com which are closed. (Suara.com/Faqih)
Previously, a number of traders at Tanah Abang Market, Newsdelivers.com admitted that their turnover had decreased. The market, which is known as the fashion center in Southeast Asia, is said to be starting to lack buyers.
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The journey of Tanah Abang Market from busy to empty of buyers is interesting to look back on. This phenomenon cannot be separated from the change in shopping trends from offline to online.
Especially with the emergence of cheap shopping platforms such as Shopee, Tokopedia, and now Tiktok Shop. These platforms are considered superior because they offer imported products.
A number of traders at Tanah Abang Market also complained about the lack of their merchandise on social media. In a post re-uploaded by the Instagram account @nenktainment, you can see a portrait of Tanah Abang Market which is empty of buyers.
In fact, in one of the market aisles, not a single buyer was seen. There are only a few sellers who wait and hope that their goods will sell.
This also made one of the traders angry and complained that the market was no longer as busy as before. “The current atmosphere in Tanah Abang is Saturday, August 12 2023,” said one trader,
The trader added that the market is now quiet even on weekends. He also criticized the government for not neglecting this matter.
“Come on, the government will open its eyes. Tanah Abang is like this now, it’s Saturday. Previously, every Saturday and Sunday was busy, now?” he wrote in the video narration.
In fact, before the Covid-19 pandemic, this market still looked busy.
Tanah Abang Market’s journey as a business center cannot actually be taken lightly. Tanah Abang Market was previously known as the Saturday Market which was founded in 1735.
Yustinus Vinck is known as the figure who founded the trading market with permission from Governor General Abraham Patramini.
Not only was it known as the Saturday Market, reportedly the Dutch at that time also called the Tanah Abang Market De Nabang.
It is said that there are many nabang trees or palm trees planted around the area.