Calling for ideas to optimise use of market space

Hand sanitising for marketgoers at the Balik Pulau wet market. — FIlepic

TO fully optimise the usage of public markets under its supervision, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has announced an initiative called Request for Ideas (RFI).

MBPP mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said at present, most of the market buildings are being utilised only in the morning and left quiet in the evening and night.

“We welcome new ideas from the public through RFI for businesses and other activities that can be operated at night to help those unemployed earn some income in order to sustain their daily living.

“MBPP understands that the Covid-19 pandemic has affected many people in various ways, therefore through this initiative, we hope to help those in need.

“The RFI will be open for two weeks, starting from Aug 8 till Aug 21 for all 26 public markets under MBPP,” Yew said in a press conference at the MBPP MakerSpace Balik Pulau hall in Balik Pulau on Sunday.

Yew said the Balik Pulau public market would be one of the first to participate in the initiative.

There are a total of 177 stalls under the market category, 60 stalls under the food complex category and 50 stalls under the bazaar category in Balik Pulau.

“As part of the local economic stimulus package, and understanding the current plight of the people, the council wants to lend a hand to those affected in terms of

unemployment, to benefit from this initiative,” he added.

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