By Rosli Mansor Ahmad Razali
The Ministry of Local Government Development (KPKT) has approved an allocation of RM2 million to build the Pasir Pinji Temporary Market and upgrade the Ipoh Big Market.
The Minister of Local Government Development, YB Nga Kor Ming said the implementation of each project worth RM1 million will provide convenience and benefit to traders and market visitors, especially local residents.
“The Ipoh Big Market upgrade project involving renovation work on the wet market floor and related works is expected to start this March after the tender process in February 2023.
“As Pasir Pinji Market, which is more than 50 years old, is an old market that is rather run down. Therefore, the redevelopment of this market can contribute to improving the socio-economic and quality of life of the local community.
“This redevelopment can improve the quality and standard of market facilities and public services. It will also create a more comfortable environment including sufficient vehicle parking space to reduce traffic congestion,” he told the media during his walkabout series to Pasar Besar Ipoh and Pasir Pinji Pasar, Ipoh, today.
Also present were the Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ Md. Daud; Chairman of the Perak State Housing and Local Government Committee, YB Sandrea Ng Shy Ching; KPKT Secretary General, Datuk M. Noor Azman Taib and Local Government Department Director General, Dato’ Haji Noor-Ihsan Che Mat.
At the same time, Nga Kor Ming also submitted a letter of approval for the Pasir Pinji Temporary Market Construction Project and a letter of approval for the Ipoh Market Upgrade Project to the Ipoh City Council (MBI) as a temporary business location for 229 traders until the construction of the new Pasir Pinji Market is completed.
According to Nga Kor Ming, KPKT is ready to consider applications to rebuild public markets to MBI.
“For information, MBI has carried out the upgrading of the Tanjung Rambutan Market in 2013 and the Ipoh Chicken Market and Multi-storey Car Park in 2017,” he said.