GEORGE TOWN, Apr 5 – A group of 20 traders from Jalan Kuala Kangsar held a peaceful protest over the eviction at Komtar entrance here this morning. Spokesman Lai Kong Hooi, 42, urged Chief Minister Lim Guan Eng to intervene into the relocation of their stalls.
“I would like to called upon the Penang Island City Council and relevant authorities to allow them to remain at Jalan Kuala Kangsar to operate their businesses instead of moving to Jalan Chowrasta. This market has been here for more than 100 years and many of us have been trading at this market for a long time, not only recently,” Lai said.
“The street there was also a popular place for shoppers and efforts should be made to retain the market-like atmosphere in the area. We have raised the issue with Local Government, Traffic Management and Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow three weeks ago but to no avail,” he said.
“I would like to accused the state government of ignoring the rights of the poor by forcing them from the century-old market site. Poor people like us have no place in Penang,” he said after leading the group in a peaceful demonstration adding the people can judge for themselves if their demands were not met.
Lai also handed over a memorandum listing their demands to Information Unit officer Zainulfaqar Yaacob after the demonstration. He hope that Penang Island City Council (MBPP) and the state government allow the traders to continue selling along the road early in the day. He also reminded the state government that the market is an intangible heritage that tourists come to see.