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Thursday January 30, 2014 MYT 11:02:47 AM
by sheila sri priya
Cultural fes t: A Ponggal celebration by the traders of Jalan Othman market at Petaling Jaya Old Town.
There are plans to open a recreational park and build a community hall for PJ Old Town residents.
The Petaling Jaya City Council (MBPJ) wants to rent a plot of land in Jalan Railway 1/2, Petaling Jaya to be converted into a recreational park for the elderly.
Petaling Jaya Selatan MP Hee Loy Sian revealed this during a Ponggal celebration organised by the Jalan Othman market traders recently.
“MBPJ has plans to rent the land from KTM Bhd and convert it into a park,
“It will be open to everyone but is mainly for senior citizens living in PJ Old Town,” he said.
The park will have parking facilities, a playground and landscaped gardens.
The council also plans to build a community hall for PJ Old Town residents, said Hee.
He added the Jalan Othman market, which is over 40 years old, will be renovated in stages, starting with the food court.
“Business will go on as usual so traders do not have to worry,” he said.
He added that the project would take three years to complete.
Vegetable-seller Cinaya Ramasamy has been operating at the market for over 30 years.
“This is the first time we decided to celebrate the harvest festival. We hope to make it a yearly affair,” he said.
The Ponggal celebration chairman R.S. Chandru, 56, said the vegetable sellers wanted to express their gratitude for a good harvest.
Indian traders selling a variety of goods at the market including poultry and sundry items also contributed to make the event a success.
Trader Chinnapa Kanny has been trading from the same location even before the market was built.
Chinnapa used to buy vegetables and other goods from Central Market and travel by bus to sell the goods at this market site.
He was acknowledged during the Ponggal event for being a pioneer and mentor for other traders with a memento.
Also present was Taman Medan assemblyman Haniza Talha, Bukit Gasing assemblyman Rajiv Rishyakaran and former MIC youth chief Datuk T. Mohan.
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