Penang govt to continue prioritising well-being of public markets


SINCE 2016, the Penang government has spent a total of RM7.62 million on various upgrading works involving all the public markets on the island, state Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh Deo said.


According to him, there are 56 public markets in the state, with 30 on the island and 26 on the mainland.


“The state will always prioritise the importance of making sure the facilities at public markets are well taken care of.


Jagdeep distributing mandarin oranges to one of the market-goers.


“This is important to ensure we provide a safe and healthy environment for the people when they visit these premises to shop for their daily goods.


“I am happy to be here today at the Kuantan Road Market, one of the many markets on the island that is currently undergoing the upgrading of piping works at a cost of RM208,000,” Jagdeep said during a press conference at the Kuantan Road Market in Datuk Keramat today.


He also distributed mandarin oranges to traders as well as market-goers during his visit there.


Jagdeep, who is also Datuk Keramat assemblyman, said similarly, other ongoing upgrading projects include the ones at the Campbell Street Market (RM2 million) and the Anson Road Market (RM3.3 million).


“We will continue with our agenda to ensure all our public markets are in good condition.


Jagdeep handing out a face mask and mandarin oranges to one of the traders.


“I will be heading over to the mainland on a later date to provide updates on the public markets there,” he added.


Separately, Jagdeep also commended the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) for doing their bit to carry out upgrading works involving public facilities in the Datuk Keramat state constituency.


“So far, they have spent RM36.19 million on various upgrading works in my area. It is hoped they will keep up with their good for the convenience of the people here,” he added.


Story by Kevin Vimal
Pix courtesy of YB Jagdeep’s office