SIXTEEN closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras have been installed at the Jelutong Market recently to prevent thefts.
Batu Lanchang assemblyman Ong Ah Teong said the installation of the CCTVs was an initiative by the Persatuan Penjaja dan Peniaga Pasar Jelutong Pulau Pinang.
“Following the rise in petty theft incidents, the Persatuan Penjaja dan Peniaga Pasar Jelutong Pulau Pinang has come up with the CCTV installation inside the wet market area,’’ said Ong during his visit to the market this morning.
“These CCTVs would only be managed by two people: the association’s treasurer Chew Kok Guan and its vice-chairman Khor Say Peng to ensure the confidentiality of the footages.
“The total cost for the installation of the CCTVs was RM8,000. I contributed RM3,000 for the installation and the rest was borne by the traders,’’ added Ong.
Meanwhile, Mohd Mydin, one of the traders who owns a grocery shop inside the wet market, said his shop was burgled twice.
“One occurred last year and the other was in 2019. Things such as milo tins and coins were stolen from my shop.
“With the surveillance by CCTV, we can now have a sense of relief and hope that thefts in this market can be curbed totally,’’ Mohd Mydin told Buletin Mutiara team when approached at his shop today.
Also joining Ong during the visit were Penang Island City Council (MBPP) councillor Nicholas Theng and Jelutong police station chief Zul Hairy Syan.
Story by Tanushalini Moroter
Pix by Ahmad Adil Muhamad