Facelift for iconic fountain


Heart of town: The Balik Pulau fountain used to be a water source for passing livestock such as horses and cows. — ZAINUDIN AHAD/The Star

THE iconic Balik Pulau roundabout and water fountain in Penang will be given a RM500,000 makeover soon.

Balik Pulau MP Muhammad Bakhtiar Wan Chik said the funds from the Tourism, Arts and Culture Ministry (Motac) would be used to beautify the landscape and the water fountain.

“Over the years, road resurfacing near the roundabout has raised the road level compared to the surrounding shops and the roundabout itself.

“Now, the fountain itself looks sunken, so we want to raise it and also beautify the landscape.

“The roundabout is an icon and the water fountain is regarded as a historic landmark as it used to be a water source for passing livestock such as horses and cows.

“Council secretary Datuk Addnan Mohd Razali has given his commitment as well that the council will try to get more funds if the RM500,000 is insufficient for the project, ” he told reporters at MakerSpace in Balik Pulau recently.

A closeup of the sculpture on the fountainA closeup of the sculpture on the fountain

Meanwhile, Bakhtiar said work on the Balik Pulau market complex, which is being upgraded after over 14 years, would be in phases.

“This is the first time the whole building is repainted and we hope to complete the tarring of the road by 2021.

“When the upgrading work is completed, we can then allow the roadside stall operators to move in.

“Some of them are now operating around the school premises and we hope to create a safe and comfortable environment for them to operate at the market.”

Councillor Edward Tan said 21 work components in the project to upgrade the market have been completed so far and 16 more components are being carried out.

“The project is expected to cost over RM100,000. The completed 21 work components include repainting, installation of grilles, maintenance of roller shutters, cement works, tiling and lighting.

“The 16 work components to follow are tiling around the market and fixing the drainage issues, ” he said.

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