This is nothing new. The scene is repeated all over Ipoh, especially in areas frequented by people. And the culprits are owners of eateries who jostle for space in order to – in economics parlance – maximise profits.
Whatever little space available is fair game. They will lay tables and chairs to mark their territory and presto, they have a larger space to operate.
It doesn’t matter if they encroach into parking lots, adding on to the traffic nightmare and creating a din in the neighbourhood. It’s business as usual.
Here is one fine example in Greentown. We need not be specific, and there are many more. Perhaps it’s time Ipoh City Council takes a serious view of the goings-on.