Mulling move to ease the burden

Shoppers following the SOP at the entry point of the Bayan Baru night market in Lengkok Mahsuri. — Photos: CHAN BOON KAI/The Star

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) will look into extending waiver of rental to be paid by traders operating at morning and night markets.

Council mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said most businesses were suffering due to the Covid-19 pandemic and several business owners had requested the council to extend the waiver.

‘’We had already exempted them from having to pay their rent for four months from April to August.

“Some of them have paid for September and October but we still have some with outstanding payments.

“We understand that times are bad and we will discuss extending the waiver during the financial standing committee’s meeting on Nov 18, ” he said.

Yew was speaking after visiting the Bayan Baru night market in Lengkok Mahsuri to check on standard operating procedure (SOP) compliance.

Yew added that the rent for each stall depended on its size.

Yew (centre) visiting the Bayan Baru night market to check on SOP  compliance. Yew (centre) visiting the Bayan Baru night market to check on SOP compliance.

“We receive a total RM8,320 rent from the stalls every month, ” he said.

On the SOP compliance rate at the Bayan Baru night market, Yew said most market-goers were following the rules.

“There is contact tracking with the customers registering through the MySejahtera QR code at the entry point of the night market.

“I am happy to see most people are wearing their face masks properly.

Shoppers not following the social distancing rules.Shoppers not following the social distancing rules.

“However, market-goers and stall owners have to practise physical distancing.

“Representatives from the Village Community Management Councils (MPKK) should use a loudhailer from time to time to remind customers to adhere to the SOP.

“Everyone’s cooperation is very important as we want the situation to improve as soon as possible, ” he said.

Also visiting the Bayan Baru night market were MBPP public health and licensing committee alternate chairman Nicholas Theng, MBPP licensing director Rashidah Jalaludin and Lorong Mahsuri 7 MPKK chairman Syed Baharuddin Syed Hasmin.

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