Rising to help the jobless

ONE hundred part-time daily jobs are now available at Penang Island City Council (MBPP) as civil assistants to clean and green the island.

Mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang said the pandemic had left a negatively enormous impact on the socio-economy of the country, not to mention Penang island.

“Many people lost their jobs and source of income and they are struggling to make a living.

“We have 75 openings in our Urban Services Department and 25 vacancies in our Landscape Department.

“This initiative not only provides job opportunities to the unemployed but also to enable the continuity of MBPP’s services,” he said.

Yew announced this at a council general meeting in City Hall, George Town, on Tuesday.

Locally, those in Urban Services are respected as the ‘Yellow Shirt Warriors’ and those in Landscape are called ‘Green Shirt Warriors’, after their uniforms.

They earned their good regard because after a storm blows down branches that tear off from the island’s old roadside trees, these workers would arrive even in the dead of the night to remove them.

The job scope for Urban Services Department includes clearing drains and roads as well as cleaning public facilities like toilets, markets and food complexes.

“Those in Landscape Department will maintain the city’s landscapes and open spaces as well as conduct tree-pruning.

“The jobs are open to all Malaysians aged between 18 and 45, for employment contracts of six months each,” he said.

For enquiries, call 04-259 2234/2311/2115.

Yew also said that to help unlicensed roadside hawkers and night market traders, MBPP had opened 601 vacant stalls at the council’s premises for application.

“So far, 33 night market traders have been placed at council stalls.

“Of the 99 unlicensed roadside hawkers we found, 43 of them have agreed to our terms and submitted applications to operate at council stalls.

“As of July 26, there are 525 vacant stalls which are still open for application,” he said.

On a separate matter, Yew said there had been 61 positive Covid-19 cases involving MBPP staff since March 18 last year, with seven active cases now.

Council finance committee alternate chairman Wong Yuee Harng said MBPP approved the proposal for 50% rental deductions for six months for MBPP-owned commercial premises.

“The reduction involves 247 units and a total revenue reduction of RM1.33mil for the council.

“Both licence and rental waivers amount to around RM3.8mil.

“The payment for external slaughter applications for sacrificial ceremonies is exempted this year.

“MBPP even granted a RM5 waiver in reminder letter fee to property owners who were late in paying their assessment tax.”

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