Long wait for market upgrade


(From Left) Dr Tan, Bagan MCA publicity bureau chief Lim Jit Fong, deputy secretary Chan Wooi Jin, organisation secretary Tan Ming Huan and deputy publicity bureau chief Sim Hoong Hooi highlighting concerns about the market upgrade.

AFTER more than a year, traders and marketgoers are still waiting for upgrading works to be carried out at the 91-year-old Jalan Jetty Lama market, said Bagan MCA.

Its division chairman Dr Tan Chuan Hong said Seberang Prai City Council mayor Datuk Rozali Mohamud had earlier said RM1mil would be allocated to upgrade the market in September, 2019.

He claimed that works to be carried out included the rebuilding of public toilets which were demolished three years ago.

“Sadly until now, we have not heard anything, ” he said in a statement on Wednesday.

The wholesalers, retailers and marketgoers, said Tan, have been greatly inconvenienced without public toilets at the market touted as the oldest on Penang mainland.

“Toilets are basic needs that must be provided, especially during the current fight against Covid-19 pandemic.

“Public health is of utmost importance. I hope city councillors can pay attention to this matter and provide a solution.

“To ensure convenience for all, temporary toilets should be put up when upgrading works are being carried out, ” he said.

Tan said traders and market-goers also complained that the place had become a haunt for drug addicts to get their fix between 3pm and 4pm daily.

He said the faucets placed next to a garbage chute had also raised hygiene concern among the public.

“I hope the authorities can pay attention to these issues that concern health and public safety, ” he said.

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