Some RM1 million will be allocated by the state government to upgrade the Ipoh Central Market (Pasar Besar Ipoh) which has been operating for 36 years.
According to the State Executive Councillor for Housing, Local Government and Tourism, Dato’ Nolee Ashilin Mohamed Radzi, the upgrade will focus on comfort and safety of stall owners and customers of the market.
“It has come to my attention that around 830 stall owners have resumed businesses as usual during the ongoing Recovery Movement Control Order (RMCO),” she told reporters in an official visit to the market today on July 7. Also present was Ipoh mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin.
“Most of the operators I’ve approached lamented the lack of space and uncomfortable amenities provided, which should be repaired as soon as possible,” Nolee Ashilin added.
“Right now, we’re just waiting for approval of the budget allocation from the Ministry of Housing and Local Government (KPKT),” she said. “Whenever the green light is given, renovation works will start as soon as possible.
“The project will prioritise the wet market section,” Nolee Ashilin remarked. “If the budget allows, other sections of the Central Market will be assessed as well.”
Meanwhile, she presented business licenses issued by Ipoh City Council (MBI) to three new stall operators at the market.
“The license receivers are youths who single-handedly started their businesses,” she enthused. “In view of the extremely limited job opportunities at present, their involvement in the agro-industry is very welcome.”