The locally known Memory Lane in town which operates every Sunday will reopen for business tomorrow (July 19) onwards.
According to the Ipoh mayor, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin, the reopening will only involve the main section of the market at Jalan Horley.
“Also, only stall owners of Memory Lane who possess odd-numbered licenses are allowed to operate at the moment,” he said during an assessment tax lucky draw ceremony yesterday on July 17 at Ipoh City Council (MBI).
“Food selling is still yet to be allowed,” Rumaizi added. “MBI will continue to monitor the public’s adherence to standard operating procedures (SOPs) at Memory Lane.
“Hopefully, the reopening of the market will spur the economic and tourism sector of Perak, besides giving visitors and antique enthusiasts the opportunity to purchase unique items at Memory Lane,” he expressed.
Meanwhile, some 30 lucky Ipohites were chosen as prize winners of the council’s assessment tax lucky draw, which was also streamed live on Facebook.
“This is a token of appreciation from the council to responsible taxpayers,” Rumaizi stated.
148,174 tax bills amounting to RM39.45 million have been paid so far during this year, which was an increase of 14.5 percent compared to last year (129,702 bills amounting to RM31.49 million).
Some of the prizes offered include electrical home appliances, 300 shopping vouchers worth RM100 each and a grand prize of Proton Saga 1.3MT, among others.
“This is a positive sign of Perakeans’ warm welcome towards the Annual Assessment Tax Bill,” Rumaizi said.
When asked on the council’s initiative to go green via the campaign of bringing personal food containers which started yesterday, Rumaizi said that it has been well-received by MBI staff so far.
“The campaign actually started in 2018, but only in a small-scale execution,” he remarked.
“We went further this year by cooperating with our canteen operator in implementing the discount of RM0.30 for personal food containers brought and the additional charge of RM0.20 for the usage of plastic bags and polystyrene boxes,” Rumaizi explained.
“This is indirectly an encouragement to not only MBI staff but also the public in reducing the usage of non-recyclable materials while packing their food, which also decreases the risk of getting cancer,” he further added.