THE Ipoh City Council (MBI) is sticking to its decision to move Gerbang Malam traders to the three roads near the Urban Transformation Centre while upgrading works take place at Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man hoped the shopowners from Jalan Tingkat Pasar, Lintasan Pasar Baru and Hala Pasar Baru would cooperate with them while Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar was being upgraded, which was expected to start in September.
Zamri said the city council had already met and discussed with the traders and shopowners from the three roads prior to making the decision.
“I understand that there will be some temporary disruption to the shopowners’ businesses.
“I also understand their fears of possible fire or congestion,” he told reporters after flagging off the Explorace Cekak 2016 treasure hunt organised by Persatuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia at the Ipoh Town Hall on Saturday.
“I hope they will be less negative and accept the decision as it is only temporary,” he added.
It was reported in MetroPerak that MBI planned to upgrade Jalan Dato Tahwil Azar to improve the general condition of the area, as it is a tourist spot in the city.
Consequently, traders from Gerbang Malam would be moved to the three designated roads. The upgrading works are expected to take about three months.
The decision, however, did not go down well with shopowners along the three roads. They urged MBI to reconsider the proposed move and suggested that the traders be moved to Dataran Ipoh or Medan Istana instead.
Zamri said the suggestion was not viable and hoped the shopowners would cooperate with the city council.
“It is only temporary, we will try our best to complete the upgrading works by January.
“On the traders’ fear of any fire or traffic congestion, we already have our experts look into the matter,” he assured.
On the Explorace, Zamri was proud that it was held in Ipoh.
He said the locations used for the treasure hunt was along the 5km Heritage Trail, a notable trail for tourists.
“The trail is one the factors that got us into Lonely Planet’s listing as one of the destinations to visit.
“I hope the 500 participants enjoy the surrounding as they go about with their hunt and to tell their families and friends about the city when they return home,” he said, adding that the event was held in conjunction with Persa-tuan Seni Silat Cekak Malaysia’s 51st anniversary.