MPP questioned over possible new management for market

Chong shows a petition claiming to have 130 signatories calling for MPP to allow Liew Ngian Chin (right), proprietor of Triple S Marketing which previously managed the market, to be reinstated.
KUCHING: The Padawan Municipal Council (MPP) has been questioned on whether it would appoint a new management company for the MJC Batu Kawah Night Market.
State Democratic Action Party (DAP) chairman Chong Chieng Jen called on MPP to clarify the issue.
“If so, what would the management fee be like? Also, MPP, after taking over the management of the hawkers’ market, said it is not collecting fees at the moment. How long will this last before they start collecting fees?” he asked during a press conference yesterday.
He claimed that ever since MPP took over the management of the market, individuals from a private company had been seen cleaning up at the market and even drew space markings for the stalls.
“It seems like a third party is already taking over, even though not officially made known,” Chong claimed.
On Friday, MPP chairman Lo Khere Chiang had stated hawkers could continue to trade as usual and that there would be no change to the fees charged.
“The hawkers would pay exactly the same as what they are paying now, not more, not less,” he said.
Previously MPP collected RM3 out of the RM5 per day charged by the Federal Agricultural Marketing Authority for each stall.
Some 400 hawkers trade at the market every Thursday and Friday.
TheBorneoPost August 21,2016