Roadside fruit seller offered spot at market

Kim Huat, 58, selling fruits from his car at the side of Macalister Road. — Filepic

FRUIT seller Lee Kim Huat who operates from a parked car along Jalan Macalister in Penang has been offered a place at a market on the island.

Pulau Tikus assemblyman Chris Lee, who visited Kim Huat with councillor Connie Tan, said the fruit seller had been advised to attend a council traders’ interview today.

“The interview is for those wishing to take up vacant stalls at markets.

“We will do our best to help him secure a permanent lot at a market.

“We hope he accepts as we cannot let him continue trading at the side of the road for health and safety reasons.

“My office will work with Penang Island City Council on this matter as fast as possible, ” said Chris in a statement.

Kim Huat’s plight was high- lighted by The Star recently.

He displays fruits on his sedan bonnet, roof and boot and waits for passing motorists to stop and buy his fruits.

Although this is illegal, he claimed he had no choice but to ply his trade by the road after losing his job as an excavator driver during the movement control order.

He also said he had four children aged between six and 18 to feed.

Kim Huat added that he had been issued summonses several times for selling without a licence and he usually moves away when the council enforcement personnel come.

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