MBPP to look into Batu Lancang Market fishmongers’ complaint

THE Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has been urged not to prohibit fishmongers in Batu Lancang Market from placing their goods in the aisles.


Batu Lancang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said he was puzzled why they could not place their goods three feet outside their stalls now when they were permitted to do so in the past.


He said the fishmongers had received a notice from MBPP that action would be taken against them if they infringe the regulation from Jan 4.


“If MBPP wants to ensure that there is space in the market to maintain physical distancing, this measure should have been implemented two years ago. Not until now when the state has entered the fourth phase of the National Recovery Plan.


“MBPP should also have discussed with the fishmongers first before issuing a notice to enforce it,” Ong told a press conference today.


Ong brought up this matter on behalf of the fishmongers when he was invited to speak at a press conference called by state Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo.


Also present were Pengkalan Kota assemblyman Daniel Gooi and MBPP newly-appointed secretary A. Rajendran.


Rajendran said since MBPP has received Ong’s complaint, they would review the case, while Jagdeep said they would postpone the implementation and hold a meeting to discuss the matter.