Opportunity knocks for market hawkers

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will conduct interviews at the Penang City Hall on March 21 to fill up 382 vacancies at its markets, complexes and temporary hawker sites.

State Licensing and Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said hawkers and petty traders should bring along their identification cards and relevant certificates.

“Registration will be from 8am to 10am and the interviews will commence at 9am. There will be 12 councillors present.

“The hawkers will be notified through text messages within 48 hours of the interviews,” he told a press conference.

Ong said 346 individuals were successful in the four interview sessions held last year.

“A total of 1,043 came for the interviews,” he said.

Meanwhile, Ong said the council would offer visually impaired Quah Ah Hin a special lot at the Jelutong temporary hawker site.

“We hope he will come for an interview as we want to help him.”

Quah, 65, who is recovering from a stroke, has been pushing a cart from his house to the Jelutong market together with his wife Ong Ah Sim, 63, to sell nasi lemak at RM1 each.

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