THE new Kuala Kangsar wet market has better facilities compared to the old one, says state housing and local government committee chairman Sandrea Ng Shy Ching.
“At the new market, the tables are made of stainless steel with drawers, compared to concrete ones at the old one, and water pipes are provided at each trading site.
“Other facilities provided in the new market which were not available at the old market include prayer and meeting rooms, administrative office, disabled facilities and cafeteria,” she said when replying to a question by Berhanudin Ahmad (PN-Manong).
Berhanudin had asked about facilities provided at the new market, which had yet to be opened, and whether it was better compared to the old one.
He had also asked if studies had been conducted on the suitablility of the new market’s location, its customers and business.
Ng said they were in the process of getting the new market site on a public bus route.
She said 160 parking bays had been provided at the new site compared to 100 at the old one.
“The new market is more halal-friendly as the Kuala Kangsar District Council is in the process of constructing a separate non-halal market, compared to the old market where the non-halal section was in the same building and only divided by a wall,” she added.
On the implementation of the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority’s (Fama) farmers’ market concept at the new site, she said a feasibility study had been carried out.
“Fama has received approval from the council to develop the farmers’ market concept there,” she said.