Better dining facilities in the offing

Customers having their morning coffee at the temporary hawker site near the Anson Road market in George Town, Penang. — Photos: LIM BENG TATT/The Star

TRADERS at the Anson Road market hawker centre in Penang welcome the upgrading works taking place there as the project will provide customers a more comfortable dining experience.

They have had their stalls shifted to outside the market along Lebuh Melaka to facilitate the upgrading works.

Noodle seller Yap Huat Hock, 50, who has been trading at the market for 20 years, said the old venue was stuffy due to poor ventilation.

The temporary hawker centre in Lebuh Melaka, Penang.The temporary hawker centre in Lebuh Melaka, Penang.

“In the beginning, there were some air vents but due to rainwater, covers were put up to block water from coming in.

“Since then, the market has been hot and stuffy as there is no ventilation, ” he said when met at the temporary hawker centre on Sunday.

Fruit seller Lee Lian Sim, 60, said the renovation is a welcome relief for both the hawkers and customers.

“Customers prefer a nice and clean environment to enjoy their meals.

The wet market in Anson Road is functioning as usual while the hawker centre undergoes renovation.The wet market in Anson Road is functioning as usual while the hawker centre undergoes renovation.

“We hope that business will pick up after the hawker centre is upgraded.

“I’m sure more people will want to frequent our stalls then.

“However, more parking spots are needed here, ” she said.

As for yu char koay (fritters) seller Ong Lye Hoe, 66, business improved after his stall was shifted outside the market.

Lee arranging fruits at her stall at the market.Lee arranging fruits at her stall at the market.

“It has been four days and my business is doing better.

“The upgrading is needed and I look forward to better facilities like fans and lights, ” he said.

Meanwhile, Komtar assemblyman Teh Lai Heng said the project would take 18 months to be completed.

“The project started on July 15 and will be ready by early 2022.

People buying vegetables at the Anson Road market.People buying vegetables at the Anson Road market.

“The upgrading works include demolishing the hawker centre at Anson Road market, raising up the awning and roof structure and upgrading the toilets.

“Hawkers from 21 stalls have been shifted to a temporary site outside the market.

“I have met the hawkers several times and they understand that the shift is necessary for the upgrading works, ” he said.

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