A CITY councillor has told Gerakan to direct their complaints on the prohibitions imposed at Penang Island City Council (MBPP) markets and hawker centres to the Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Ministry.
Council Licensing and Public Health Standing Committee alternate chairman Ong Ah Teong said the prohibitions were recommended by the ministry under its Market Prosperity Concept.
He said Gerakan should ask the minister to revise the prohibitions or take down the signboards listing the prohibitions in other states as well.
“Similar signboards were put up at markets in other states. If the ministry decides to take down the signboards in other states, we will follow,” Ong told a press conference at City Hall.
The public are barred from making noise, smoking, drinking alcohol, gambling, committing vandalism, bringing in pets and parking their vehicles at the premises. They are also not allowed to bring in outside food or drinks.
Bayan Baru Gerakan division chief Teh Leong Meng had called for the signboards at the Bayan Baru complex to be taken down or some prohibitions to be revised.
He had said hawkers were worried their businesses would be affected.
Ong said the council had put up signboards at 18 centres and would put up others at 12 more places soon.
He claimed only the traders from the Bayan Baru complex had complained about the prohibitions.
“We conducted surveys at some markets and the hawkers praised the council for the move,” he said.
Ong explained the prohibitions were imposed at the Bayan Baru complex following complaints from hawkers about noise and rubbish.