Relief for night market traders

Patrons buying fruits at the Bayan Baru night market in Lengkok Mahsuri, Penang. — Filepic

WITH traders facing uncertain times due to Covid-19 pandemic, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has waived the licence fees of night market organisers amounting to RM41,600.

MBPP financial management committee alternate chairman Wong Yuee Harng said the fee waiver from August to December would benefit 42 night market organisers.

He said the decision was made during a committee meeting on Nov 16.

“We have given them licence fee waiver from April to July and now we are extending it to December.

“The organisers have been paying a monthly token fee.

“Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and with the conditional movement control order, we know many traders have stopped operating.

“Those who are still open are also receiving fewer patrons.

“Many night markets also have fewer stalls operating as well, ” he said at the council meeting at City Hall yesterday.

On another matter, Wong said the assessment tax for Lam Wah Ee Hospital in Jalan Tan Sri Teh Ewe had also been waived from Jan 1 this year to Dec 31,2022.

Wong said the proposal was recently reviewed and approved by the council.

“We have approved the assessment tax exemption continuously all these years.

“The hospital has met certain criteria set by the council to qualify for the waiver, ” he said, adding that a review on tax waiver would be reviewed every three years.

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