62-year-old market needs upgrade


By ILI AQILAHIVAN LOH

The Pasir Pinji wet market needs refurbishment, especially after several stalls were damaged in a fire. — Photos: RONNIE CHIN/The Star

PASIR Pinji market-goers in Ipoh want the dilapidated wet market to be upgraded, especially after a fire damaged several parts of it.

A retiree, who wished to be known only as Hah, said the entire market was in dire need of refurbishment and not only the parts affected by the fire.

“Although only several parts of the market are damaged in the fire, the whole place is rather dirty and smelly.

“I go to the market once every two days, so I hope the market will be upgraded soon, ” she said.

A fire had broken out near the meat section of the 62-year-old market on Jan 11.

A storeroom had also caught fire and several stalls were damaged. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Clerk Lim Hew, 37, hopes the market will be upgraded with new features.

“I have been coming to this market for years and what troubles me the most is the ventilation.

“While traders have tried their best to ensure their stalls are clean, a foul smell still lingers in certain parts of the market, ” he said.

“The fire could be a sign of how much this market is in need of an upgrade, ” he added.

A trader, known only as Choh, 64, whose stall was damaged in the fire, said he was not sure how the fire started.

“I was told it could have been caused by a fuse box that short-circuited.

“Now my stall is temporarily at a spot near the market, but business has been slightly affected, ” he said, hoping that repair works would be completed soon so that he could trade inside the market premises again.

Ipoh city councillor Richard Ng, who is in charge of Pasir Pinji zone, said 14 pork stalls and six adjacent fish stalls were affected in the fire.

Water from a pipe installed by traders there, he said, could have leaked, causing the short circuit.

“Ipoh City Council’s Engineering Department has disconnected all wiring and pipes in the affected area.

“Repair and renovation works are ongoing, ” he said, hoping that work would be completed before Chinese New Year.

Ng said the affected traders had been relocated to the back portion of the market for one month for them to continue with business.

He added that there were plans to redevelop the market but it would depend on the budget from the Federal Government.

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