State to improve cleanliness of markets and eateries via multi-pronged strategy


STATE Local Government, Housing, Town and Country Planning Committee chairman Jagdeep Singh is satisfied that almost 95% or 59 of the public markets and eateries on the island have achieved either Grade A or B for cleanliness.

“Only 5% or three markets and eateries are still in the Grade C category,” Jagdeep told reporters during his walkabout in the Jalan Kuantan public market in conjunction with Chinese New Year.

Also present were Penang Island City Council (MBPP) mayor Datuk Yew Tung Seang and Jelutong MP R.S.N. Rayer.

Jagdeep said the state government is committed to ensure that all markets would either achieve Grade A or B this year.

He said that among the action plans are upgrading the cleanliness level of public toilets, improving public cleanliness, spreading awareness via cleanliness programmes and tightening the enforcement under the waste segregation at source campaign.

Other efforts include carrying out anti-Aedes activities and holding gotong-royong events for traders, he added.

On a related matter, Jagdeep said the state via MBPP had also carried out upgrading works on the Jalan Kuantan public market.

The works included repairing the store room’s roller shutters, improving the market’s drainage and fixing its roof.

During the walkabout on Feb 10, Jagdeep also distributed mandarin oranges to market-goers.

Story and pix by Danny Ooi