THE Penang Municipal Council (MPPP) is in the midst of relocating unlicensed roadside hawkers into its market and hawker complexes.
Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng said the relocation exercise by MPPP was to address the problem of the island’s many unregulated roadside hawkers.
“The affected hawkers will be placed at the MPPP hawker complexes and will be licensed under the MPPP Hawkers by-law,” he said in his opening speech at the recent launching of the new Jalan Rajawali Market and Hawker Complex in Bayan Lepas, Penang.
Lim said 46 hawkers from various roadside stalls had been relocated to the new complex, and were now operating legally with licences issued by the council.
“The 52,033sq ft building has 20 food and beverage stalls, 26 dry and wet market stalls, a multi-purpose hall with sitting capacity for 200 people, washrooms with facilities for the disabled, two futsal courts and parking spaces,” he said.
Lim said the building was deve-loped by the Ideal Property Group as their corporate social responsi- bility at a cost of RM4.5mil.
Meanwhile, state Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said there were two more such projects coming up in Bukit Gambir and Sungai Ara, which would be announced soon.