IPOH: Traders at the Ipoh wholesale market need to meet and decide whether they want more ice suppliers and traders, says Ipoh Mayor Datuk Rumaizi Baharin (pic).
He said the traders would first need to set up a committee and make a recommendation to the Ipoh City Council.
“I want them to meet first and hear from them.
“I will only consider based on their recommendations, ” he told a press conference after a meeting with the wholesale market traders at the city council headquarters on Friday (April 23).
The meeting was called following a complaint by an ice supplier and a trader that other traders, particularly the Ipoh Fish Wholesale Merchants Association, had used different suppliers to get their supply of ice.
The association’s members had sought for other ice suppliers as they felt the price by the existing and sole supplier at the wholesale market was expensive.
It had appointed a fish trader to get the supply for their members.
Although at present, there is only one supplier at the market, Rumaizi said there was no monopoly at play there.
He said the city council legal adviser had in 2017 suggested for other ice traders to be given licences if there were suitable premises.
“One trader tried to apply for the licence four years ago but it was rejected due to no suitable location, ” he said.
Rumaizi said the city council has issued a warning notice to the fish trader in question to stop supplying ice to the traders.
“We will revoke his licence if he continues to do so, ” he said.
Separately, Rumaizi said there were no foreigners trading at the market based on their inspections.
“There may be traders who employed foreign workers, ” he said.