by Rosli Mansor
IPOH – The issue of the relocation of traders at the Sultan Abdul Aziz Recreation Park (Padang Polo) has now found a solution after a meeting between the traders and the Ipoh City Council (MBI) that went smoothly.
The Mayor of Ipoh, Dato’ Rumaizi Baharin @ MD Daud said the MBI held a new discussion on the issue with the traders at Padang Polo.
“From the discussion, there were several traders who did not agree to move. However, the majority of the traders agreed to move to the designated area.
“A new food court next to D’Polo Cafe Lan’s Catering will be developed. Next week, we will make a quotation and within a month we will issue a letter regarding this project. A consensus session will likely begin in July to involve the collective decision process of all parties involved.
“The development at the new location is expected to be completed in less than a year. If it goes smoothly, it is likely that in April 2024, all traders will be able to do business again in a more strategic place,” he told Ipoh Echo.
Rumaizi added that the resettlement of the traders included seven licensed traders who had previously voiced their dissatisfaction with MBI’s decision.
“Approximately 60 hawkers including seven licensed hawkers will be placed in the new location. We no longer want to see and hear people complaining about the traffic congestion in this recreation area.
“The Polo field is certainly popular as a leisure location. The problem of lack of parking and congestion due to business activities will be overcome after the relocation to the new location,” he said.