Wet markets older than 50 years to be prioritised for upgrading

BERUAS: Wet markets that are older than 50 years will be given priority for upgrading works, says Nga Kor Ming.

The Local Government Development Minister said the upgrades can either be for renovation or reconstruction.

"Buildings also have a life span. Therefore, we will give due consideration for buildings that are 50 years old (and above), if they are in need of upgrades

"For example, the Taiping Wet Market – the first market in this country – is being renovated and the ministry has also approved a total of RM12mil for the Pasir Pinji market, that is already 62 years old," he told reporters at Kampung Baru Ayer Tawar here on Saturday (June 3).

On Jan 16, it was reported that the Pasir Pinji new market would have self-sustainable and green features such as solar panels, rainwater harvesting system and basement car parks, estimated to cost between RM12mil and RM14mil.

Nga also said the ministry had allocated RM5.48mil for 24 upgrading and repairing projects in the Manjung district, including rebuilding the 50-year-old Ayer Tawar public market.

"The total allocation for the market would be RM3.5mil, which will be given in phases. The ministry has given Manjung District Council RM1mil to start the project.

"Other projects include RM500,000 to upgrade the Beruas wet market, RM100,000 to upgrade the lighting system at Pantai Kulit Kerang in Pantai Remis and RM20,000 to upgrade the sewer pipes for Teluk Nipah's toilet.

"We have also allocated RM20,000 for an anti-climbing fence at Sekolah Menengah Tahfiz Darul Ridzuan hall in Pulau Pangkor," he said.

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