MEMBERS of the public can park their cars at the Amanjaya Poultry Market in Ipoh for free until the end of the month.
Ipoh mayor Datuk Zamri Man said the announcement was made in conjunction with the opening of the new building, which was launched by Urban Wellbeing, Housing and Local Government Minister Tan Sri Noh Omar on May 4.
“We want to attract visitors to the new market.
“The free parking offer will be on until June 30,” he said in a statement.
The RM12mil market, with about 60 stalls, also houses a multi-storey carpark with 315 parking bays and 100 motorcycle bays.
Noh also handed over keys for the stalls to traders during the opening last month.
Its construction began on Feb 10, 2014 and was completed on Jan 31 this year.
Zamri said the market would adopt the parking coupon system like other parts of the city.
“The parking coupon system will be enforced daily from 8am to 6pm, except Sundays and public holidays,” he said.
On another matter, Zamri said the Ipoh City Council had identified a total of 245 food outlets in the city to be awarded Grade A.
He said certificates would be given out to the eatery operators after enforcement officers were satisfied with the general cleanliness, food handling techniques and sanitation of the premises among other requirements.
Zamri said a total of 74.7% (1,105) premises received the Grade B certification, while 8.7% (129) of the outlets received Grade C.
He said enforcement officers issued 247 compounds.
“The compounds totalling about RM55,400 were issued for various offences,” he said after chairing the city council full board meeting.
“The grading activity carried out until May allows the council to give due recognition to food outlets that comply with guidelines,” he said.
“This also enables the people to choose the right and clean food outlets,” he added.
During the ceremony, Zamri awarded Grade A certificates to representatives of 15 food outlets.
Zamri meanwhile said the council would carry out enforcement action to seal factories, shop lots and residential areas if owners failed to pay up their assessments.
He said enforcement officers would act on owners with arrears of more than two-terms, failed to adhere to the undertaking letter for instalment payments and those who refused to settle the arrears despite reminders sent to them.
“I am therefore urging owners of such properties to settle the payment as soon as possible before we take action,” he added.